Multiple Factors Move Gold to Higher Ground
In active trading, gold futures closed higher today at 1183.80 as of 3:15 EST, up approximately $10.50, a net change of almost 9/10 of a percent. Although there was no new fresh fundamental news, a multitude of factors were cited as primary reasons that gold moved higher in trading today.
US Dollar Weakens and Increased Investor Demand, Including Chinese New Year
The US dollar traded lower today, losing a ¼ % in value. According to the Kitco Gold Index, a weak US dollar accounted for $2.90 of today’s rise, with the remainder ($8.60) directly attributable to buying in the market. Multiple reports indicated that capital is once again moving into gold exchange traded funds (ETFs), this according to the Kitco News. Add to that renewed Chinese interest in gold, and we have the perfect storm for higher pricing in the precious yellow metal. According to Bloomberg News, increased demand from China emerged in the gold pits today, as the beginning of their New Year celebration occurs later this month.
Less Than Two Weeks and Counting
Lastly, the Federal Reserve also emerged on the radar today. Whether it is questions about the Federal Reserve under a Donald Trump presidency and what changes that might bring, or questions as to the aggressiveness of the Federal Reserve this year in regards to rate hikes, concerns continue to be raised. These questions continue to be unanswered. With less than two weeks until President-elect Trump is inaugurated, questions about his monetary policies and stimulus create uncertainty as to how the Fed believes it will handle interest rate hikes this year. Whether the Fed will have to adopt a more aggressive stance cannot be answered until sometime after the inauguration, when policies begin to be implemented.
Wishing you as always, good trading,