Gold drops after reaching a 3-week high amid a calmer market mood

Analysis General

Published: 2/15/2018 12:26:00 PM

The price of Gold is slightly higher today, at around $1,350. It had already reached a high of $1,356.98 earlier in the day, the highest levels in three weeks.

The consolidation comes after the precious metal took advantage of the weakness of the US dollar on Wednesday. A sharp positive turnaround in share prices sent the dollar lower. The moves extended into Thursday. 

The small correction from the highs comes despite a drop in US 10-Year Treasury Bond Yields, a correlation that is not at play. 

Economic data coming out of the US was mostly positive. The Producer Price Index rose by 2.7% YoY in January, above expectations. Core PPI came out at 2.2%, also above forecasts. On the other hand, weekly Jobless Claims were within projections while Industrial Output dropped by 0.1%, falling short of expectations. The markets did not immediately react to the data.

The US economic calendar for tomorrow features two housing figures: Building Permits and Housing Starts. The last significant release for the week is the preliminary release of the University of Michigan's Consumer Sentiment Index for February. In addition, sentiment in broader financial markets remains of high importance.

The price of Gold faces resistance at the aforementioned high of $1,356.98. A break above this level opens the door to resistance at $1,357.47 (Sep. 8, 2017, high) and then at $1,365.95 (Jan. 25 2018high).

On the downside, the first level to watch $1,348.43, today's low. Further below, the $1,324.14 level (Jan. 18 low), followed by $1,306.96 (Feb. 8 low) come to sight. 

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