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Gold Yawns as US Jobless Claims Within Expectations


Gold has inched higher in the Thursday session. In the North American session, the spot price for one ounce of gold is $1297.31, up 0.05% on the day. On the release front, U.S, unemployment claims ticked higher to 222 thousand, just below the estimate of 223 thousand. On Friday, G-7 leaders will gather in Quebec for their annual summit.

The upcoming G-7 meeting in Quebec is being closely monitored, as the summit comes at a time of escalating trade tensions between the U.S and some of its major trading partners. Last week, finance ministers from six members of the G-7 were united in their criticism of US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin over the brewing trade war. The trouble started last week, when the Trump administration slapped stiff tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union. This resulted in promises of retaliation, and Canada and Mexico have already announced duties on U.S products. The trade spat is sure to dominate the summit, but will the leaders resolve matters? If not, investors could head for the hills and dump their riskier assets in favor of safe-haven gold.

Gold prices have been steady in June, as the base metal continues to hover close to the $1300 level. Recent geopolitical hotspots include Italy and North Korea, but both of these are calmer this week, boosting risk appetite. Italy has formed a government after months of political drama, and the on-again-off-again summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will indeed take place in Singapore next week. Although no agreements are expected to be signed at the summit, both leaders are unconventional and could surprise the world with a dramatic breakthrough in the longstanding Korean conflict. If this occurs, risk appetite could sore and send gold prices downwards.


XAU/USD Fundamentals

Thursday (June 7)

Friday (June 8)

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold


XAU/USD for Thursday, June 7, 2018

XAU/USD June 7 at 12:25 DST


Open: 1296.61 High: 1303.18 Low: 1294.96 Close: 1297.31


XAU/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1236 1260 1285 1307 1337 1375

XAU/USD was flat in the Asian session. The pair posted gains in European trade but has retracted in North American trade

Further levels in both directions:

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

XAU/USD ratio is unchanged in the Thursday session. Currently, long positions with a majority (70%), indicative of trader bias towards XAU/USD continuing to move to higher ground.

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Kenny Fisher

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Kenny Fisher joined OANDA in 2012 as a Currency Analyst. Kenny writes a daily column about current economic and political developments affecting the major currency pairs, with a focus on fundamental analysis. Kenny began his career in forex at Bendix Foreign Exchange in Toronto, where he worked as a Corporate Account Manager for over seven years.
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