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Rising US Dollar Sends Gold Prices Lower

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On Wednesday, USD spiked after falling the previous day, but was unable to break out of the recent trading ranges, as traders eyed a meeting of global central bankers this Friday for clues whether the Federal Reserve will hike rates this year.

The U.S. dollar index rose by 20 pips and settled at 94.70.

Gold prices edged down on Wednesday, negatively affected by the USD’s rally and traded below $1,330. From a technical point of view, the precious metal could re-test $1,330 during the course of the day.

Euro failed to manage its gains vs. USD and settled below $1.1280. The single currency could be positively affected by Germany Ifo Business Climate Index, which will be released today

The Pound traded in a narrow trading band amid lack of economic data, while USD settled at $1.3170 vs. GBP. From a technical point of view, Cable could touch $1.33, before returning to $1.30.

On Wednesday, Oil prices extended losses and fell by 2% on an unexpected rise in U.S. crude stockpiles that revived concerns about the oversupply.

Also on Wednesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that, U.S. crude stockpiles increased by 2.5 million barrels to a total of 523.6 million barrels in the week ending 19th August, while analysts had expected a 500k barrel decline. U.S. crude was negatively affected by such data and traded below $46.50.

The most important economic events:

  • EUR German IFO - Business Climate (AUG): (GMT 10:00) – Medium – Forecast (108.5) – Previous (108.3).
  • EUR German IFO - Current Assessment (AUG): (GMT 10:00) – Medium – Forecast (114.9) – Previous (114.7).
  • USD Durable Goods Orders (JUL P): (GMT 10:00) – Important – Forecast (3.4%) – Previous (-3.9%).

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