Dollar Remains Fragile, Gold Jumps to The Highest Level Since November

Gold futures prices rose sharply on Monday, extending its gains to a second straight trading session. The precious metal surged to the highest level in more than nine months as the dollar has still been dragged down by disappointing remarks of Fed Chair Yellan last week.

Gold for October delivery jumped noticeably more than 1 percent to trade at $1,306.70 an ounce – the highest level since November 9th, 2016. The dollar had slumped against a basket of global currencies on Friday and remained weak in the first trading of the new week due to falling expectations of a rate hike later this year.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, traded in mixed fashion, losing 0.02 percent to 92.35 and lingering near its weakest level of 2017.

Speaking at the annual central bankers’ meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen last Friday avoided talking about monetary policy. Instead, she defended rules adopted in response to the financial crisis, reiterating that any rollback of post-crisis financial reforms should be “modest”. Yellen’s comments sparked uncertainty as to whether the central bank will raise rates one more time or unwind the central bank’s balance sheet later this year.

A weak dollar tends to boost gold’s prices as it helps boost attractiveness of gold to holders of other currencies.

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