Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Gold Prices Slip Despite Slightly Weaker Dollar-SapForex24

Gold prices slipped on Tuesday while the U.S. dollar was also slightly weakened against the yen ahead of a monetary policy decision from the Bank of Japan.

Gold futures for August delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell by $0.80, or 0.07%, to $1,220.50 a troy ounce.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies, fell 0.01% to 94.13 on Tuesday, off a one-year high of 95.656 touched on July 19. 

The Bank of Japan is expected to trim its inflation forecasts later in the day and consider changes to its stimulus program, earlier reports suggested.

Dollar-denominated commodities such as gold are sensitive to moves in the dollar. A fall in the dollar makes the yellow metal cheaper for holders of foreign currency, raising demand. 

Looking ahead, the U.S. Federal Reserve begins its two-day monetary policy meeting later on Tuesday. The central bank is largely expected to stand pat on monetary policy.

The U.S. central bank has raised benchmark lending rates twice this year and markets expected two more hikes by the end of 2018.

Higher U.S. rates tend to push the dollar higher, making greenback-denominated gold more expensive for holders of other currencies.

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Oil Prices Trade Lower Despite Spare Capacity Warning, U.S. Shale Output in Focus-SapForex24

Oil prices headed lower in European morning trade on Friday as concerns about a China-U.S. trade war and the return of Libyan oil to the market offset a warning about a shortage in global crude supplies despite increases in production from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 16 cents or 0.23% to $70.17 a barrel.Meanwhile, Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., traded down 73 cents or 0.98%, to $73.72.

In other energy trading, gasoline futures fell 0.79% $2.0572 .while heating oil lost 0.81% to $2.1060 a gallon.

Lastly, natural gas futures dipped 0.04% to $2.796 per million British thermal units.

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