Gold Rises After Tepid Fed Rate Hike Hints

Gold prices are firmer Thursday, building on gains from overnight strength, with the market taking out some technical-price chart areas, traders said.

At 10:30 a.m. EDT, most-active August gold futures on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange are up $21.20 an ounce at $1,293.90. Silver is up 44.2 cents at $20.220.

Market watchers said a combination of a weaker U.S. dollar, firmer crude oil prices and a view that the Federal Reserve is in no hurry to raise interest rates is support gold, triggering technical-chart buying.

“The dollar is reacting to (Fed Chair Janet) Yellen. We’re seeing follow-through buying… apparently people had to sleep on it a little to figure out what it meant to them. She didn’t do anything different,” said Frank Lesh, broker and futures analyst with FuturePath Trading.

Lesh said the perception now is that the Fed will delay when it ultimately raises interest rates, which is supportive to gold.

Sterling Smith, futures specialist for Citibank Institutional Client Group, said the early gains were likely fueled when August gold futures took out some technical-chart resistance around $1,284, which is where the 50-day moving average was.

via Kitco

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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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