Gold Rises on Soft US Housing Market

Gold prices continue to hold on to recent gains and remain near a two-week high following mixed U.S. housing market data.

Wednesday, U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development said that housing starts in September fell to an adjusted annual rate of 1,047,000, down 9% from August’s rate of 1,150,000. The report noted that housing starts are also down almost 12% compared to last year.

According to reports, this is the slowest pace for housing construction in more than a year.

However, there are signs that housing construction could increase in the coming months as the report said that building permits rose to an adjusted annual rate of 1,225,000, up 6.3% from August’s revised level of 1,152,000.

Gold prices were just off session highs ahead of the report and prices are holding steady; December gold futures last traded at $1,271.10 an ounce, up 0.65% on the day.

Royce Mendes, senior economist at CIBC World Markets, said that although the construction data was disappointing, the fact that permits last month were stronger than expected should help to mute market reaction.

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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