Friday, 12 August 2016

Gold slides lower with U.S. data in focus

Gold prices slid lower on Friday, as markets focused on the release of U.S. economic reports due later in the day for further indications on the strength of the economy.

On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for December delivery were down 0.40% at $1,344.65.

The December contract ended Thursday’s session 0.14% lower at $1,350.00 an ounce.
Futures were likely to find support at $1,328.50, the low from August 9 and resistance at $1,354.20, the high from August 10.

International Market News

On Thursday, data showed that U.S. initial jobless claims decreased by 1,000 to 266,000 last week, disappointing expectations for a 4,000 drop to 265,000 last week.

Gold is sensitive to moves in U.S. rates. A gradual path to higher rates is seen as less of a threat to gold prices than a swift series of increases.

Another report showed that the country’s retail sales rose by an annualized rate of 10.2% last month, confounding expectations for a 10.5% increase.

The data added to concerns over a slowdown in the world’s second largest economy. China is also the world’s second biggest consumer of gold.


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