Gold Rises After ECB Cut Only To Drop with US Positive Data

Gold prices traded moderately higher in the immediate aftermath of a somewhat surprising move by the European Central Bank to cut its key interest rate Thursday. However, gains in gold quickly faded and fresh selling pressure surfaced because the U.S. dollar index shot sharply higher on the ECB news, while the Euro currency slumped. Then shortly after the ECB rate-cut news, U.S. gross domestic product data showed a much stronger-than-expected reading, to give the greenback an added boost and put downside price pressure on gold and silver. December Comex gold was last down $14.50 at $1,303.30 an ounce. Spot gold was last quoted down $13.60 at $1304.50. December Comex silver last traded down $0.243 at $21.525 an ounce.

The much-anticipated ECB monthly monetary policy meeting Thursday saw the central bank cut its key lending rate by 0.25%, to 0.25%. While there were growing beliefs the ECB would at some point cut its key interest rate and further ease its monetary policy, the majority of analysts and economists polled believed the ECB would not make any policy move on Thursday.

U.S. third-quarter gross domestic product came in at a surprisingly “hot” 2.8% annual growth rate, it was reported Thursday morning. This is significantly above the average forecast of up 2.5% seen for the report. The report quickly put selling pressure into the gold and silver markets and drove the U.S. dollar index to sharply higher price levels on the day.

via Kitco News

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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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