Gold Rises Due to USD Drop

Gold futures rose as the dollar’s drop boosted demand for the metal as an alternative asset. Platinum and palladium rebounded from four-week lows after South Africa’s main utility declared a power emergency.
The Bloomberg U.S. Dollar Index dropped to the lowest in almost two weeks on speculation that Federal Reserve officials will reiterate that economic growth isn’t yet sufficient to trim stimulus. Janet Yellen, nominated to lead the central bank, has said the the labor market must improve before policy makers can consider tapering.
“The dollar is helping gold,” Dean Popplewell, a currency analyst at Toronto-based Oanda Corp., said in a telephone interview. “The timing of the tapering will continue to be the guiding force.”
Gold futures for delivery in December advanced 0.2 percent to $1,274.40 an ounce at 11:19 a.m. on the Comex in New York. Through yesterday, the price tumbled 24 percent this year, heading for the first annual drop since 2000.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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