Gold Lower After Strong USD due to Fedspeak

Gold futures prices have extended early solid losses to trade sharply lower and at a 3.5-month low in late-morning trading Tuesday. Better trader and investor risk appetite in the world marketplace this week has helped to weigh on safe-haven gold. Sell stop orders were triggered in gold futures markets when several technical support levels were breached after the New York day session opened.

The stronger U.S. dollar index on Tuesday has also worked against the precious metals market bulls. The British pound fell to a 31-year low against the U.S. dollar overnight and the Euro currency is also seeing keener selling interest, both of which are helping to boost the greenback.

There were also comments from a Federal Reserve official today that fell into the camp of the monetary policy hawks who want U.S. interest rates to rise sooner rather than later. Fed official Jeff Lacker implied today that he would like to see a U.S. rate hike soon, as well as more hikes next year.
U.S. manufacturing reports released this week were also upbeat, to suggest a tightening U.S. labor market that would warrant an interest rake hike.

December gold was last down $25.00 an ounce at $1,287.00.

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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