Gold Recovers as US GDP Disappoints

Gold futures pared declines after a U.S. government report showed the economy stalled in the first quarter, adding to speculation that the Federal Reserve will wait longer before raising interest rates.

The metal has rebounded about 6 percent since reaching its 2015 low on March 17. The next day, Fed policy makers trimmed their expectations for where rates would be by the end of the year. Officials are scheduled to issue a policy statement at 2 p.m. in Washington. U.S. gross domestic product rose at a 0.2 percent annualized rate after advancing 2.2 percent the prior quarter, Commerce Department data showed.

“At first glance, the GDP was much weaker than expected, meaning the Fed will probably keep interest rates low for longer,” Daniel Briesemann, an analyst at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt, said in a telephone interview. “Maybe they’ll even defer the rate hike into next year, so this should clearly be supportive for gold.”

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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