Although precious metals attempted to bounce back from Friday’s sell-offs on Monday, they resumed their downward path with a vengeance this morning. Tripped up by a significantly stronger US dollar, spot gold prices fell to a fresh six-week low.
Gold’s last/best chance to try for the $1,650 target ahead of the Fed today comes from a lower-than-expected US durable goods orders figure and the flicker of a QE3 hope that such a metric might give rise to among speculators.
The worst month for gold prices in 30 years was suddenly followed by the best daily climb since last August on Friday, the first day of the new month. The principal catalyst for the $66 upward move in bullion was the unexpectedly dismal report on May’s US job creation activity.
The new trading week started off on a downbeat note in commodities, equities, and a crisis-beset currency across the Atlantic. Risk assets headed lower on a combination of anxieties surrounding global economic expansion, and persistent systemic troubles in the euro zone and China.
The new trading week started with small losses in the precious metals complex despite a 0.14% drop in the US dollar and a near-$1 advance in crude oil. Small-scale profit-taking was cited after gold market players attempted a test at the $1,680 resistance area.
The latest news from Europe points to a further potential delay in the granting of aid to Greece (possibly to beyond that country’s April elections), a delay that could see the March 20 deadline for euro bond repayments come and go.