Today’s AM fix was USD 1,717.00, EUR 1,317.22, and GBP 1,072.12 per ounce. Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,725.00, EUR 1,321.03, and GBP 1,075.10 per ounce.
Silver is trading at $31.80/oz., €24.52/oz. and £19.95/oz. Platinum is trading at $1,590.25/oz., palladium at $605.25/oz and rhodium at $1,125/oz.
Gold climbed $6.40 or 0.37% in New York yesterday and closed at $1,728.50. Silver hit a high of $32.434 and finished trading with a gain of 1%.
Gold edged down on Tuesday, in tandem with equities that relinquished gains, however demand from jewelers supported prices as investors await the policy statement from the US Federal Reserve meeting to be released on Wednesday at 18:15 GMT.
No major announcements are expected to come out of the meeting. Last month the Fed committed to hold rates low even after the economic recovery has strengthened. This was the signal that indicated it will continue intervening until the economy grows fast enough to decrease US unemployment sharply.
The euro remained firm against the dollar as the market expects Spain to apply for a bailout within the next month. Now that Spain’s regional elections are complete and with Spain’s Prime Minister Rajoy’s People’s Party winning 41 out of 75 seats in the Galician assembly this affirmed the approval of financial austerity measures and paves the way for a formal bailout from the EU.
Spain's central bank announced this morning that the Spanish economy contracted at a faster pace in Q3 (1.7% vs. 1.3%) and that the country may miss its budget-deficit target because of tax-revenue shortfalls.
In India, demand for the yellow metal climbed overnight after a rebound in the rupee discounted prices by 1%.
German Federal auditors handed in a report slamming the Bundesbank for not inspecting their foreign held gold reserves to verify their book value.