Gold little changed as the dollar rise

The precious metal traded slightly below the opening levels today, as high prices prompted investors to offload holdings to gain, while the dollar gained for the second consecutive day.

Bullion for immediate delivery dropped to $1,427.12 an ounce compared with the opening levels of $1,428.30 an ounce, while setting a high of $1,429.55 an ounce and a low of $1,425.62 an ounce. Futures rose 0.03% to trade at $1,428.000 an ounce.

The US dollar index, which tracks the performance of the currency against six-majors, traded at 75.59, compared with the opening levels of 75.46 while setting a high of 75.66 and a low of 75.45. Gold usually moves inversely with the dollar as commodities are a dollar weighted index.

Tensions in markets started to ease, as Japan's nuclear crisis is almost under control, where Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that there is light at the end of the tunnel, despite the fact that smoke continue from the nuclear reactor as efforts to restore the cooling system has not been installed fully yet.

Allied attacks performed by the U.S., U.K and France to ground Muammar Qaddafi's air force will ease, Defense Secretary Robert Gibbs said yesterday, allowing rebels to push outside their stronghold in Benghazi city. Oil continues to trade above $100.0 a barrel on MENA's unrest.

The Group of Seven decided last week to intervene in a coordinated and cooperative manner into the Forex market selling the Japanese yen against the dollar as an attempt to help the Japanese economy and work to reduce the value of the yen, which reached its highest level since the Second World War after the devastating earthquake that hit Japan On March 11 which caused the emergence of the possibility of a nuclear catastrophe.

Technically speaking, the metal's trend remains to the upside as far as the support at $1,390.00 an ounce remains intact and the dollar continues to weaken, while the 100-day MA support level is set at 1,374.00 an ounce.

Gold's trading remains above the support at 1,425.00 an ounce, where if breached it will pave the way for the pair to test the support at %1,410.00 an ounce, but the general trend remain to the upside with initial targets set at 1,435.00 an ounce and probably return to trade near the achieved record around $1,445.00 an ounce.

The S&P GSCI index closed trading at 715.00; higher by 7.31 percent, while the RJ/CRB commodity index closed at 356.45, after gaining 3.21 percent.

Major Metal Fixing

As for metal Fixes (Mar 22); Gold fixed at AM Fix was set at $1,425.50 an ounce while the PM fixing (MAR 22) was set at $1,426.00 an ounce; meanwhile silver fixing was set at $35.95000 an ounce and Platinum AM Fixing (Mar 22) was set at $1,744 an ounce, and at 1,736.00 an ounce during the PM fixing (Mar 22); finally ending with Palladium AM fixing set at $738.00 at (Mar 22) AM fixing, while the PM fixing (Mar 22) was set at $739.00 an ounce.

Other Metals

Silver for immediate delivery traded at $36.24 an ounce compared with the opening levels of $36.35 an ounce, while setting a high of $36.41 an ounce and a low of $36.14 an ounce. Silver future contracts traded lower by 0.02% or 0.009 to trade at 36.260 an ounce

Platinum for immediate delivery traded lower by $1.0, at $1,734.500 an ounce, while Palladium gained by $4.50 to trade at $735.00 an ounce.