Gold Prices and Gold futures rose from a four-week low, Gold futures for February rose 0.2 % to $1,705.50 . Earlier, gold l touched $1,684.10, the lowest for a most-active contract since Nov. 6.
Gold declined 0.4 % this week. Silver March rose 0.1 % to $33.131.
Among other precious metals Silver fell 0.4 % this week. Platinum January gained 0.4 % to $1,607. This week, platinum rose 0.1 %. Palladium futures for March delivery climbed 0.1 % to $698 . This week, the price rose 1.4 %, the sixth straight increase and the longest rally since November 2010.
Physically backed funds held firm, with holdings of gold exchange-traded funds hitting record highs at 76.133 million ounces on Thursday.
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Gold imports from Hong Kong to China, one of the world’s top bullion buyers, fell in October to their lowest in ten months, data showed on Friday.
Bullion buyers largely ignored a resurgent dollar which has risen for a third consecutive day and posted a 1.5 percent gain during that time.
This week we expect to see the $1750 resistance tested yet again. We think that resistance has now gone and $1800 is the next level in a move forward in the Gold Price. The trend is most certainly with the buyers and has been for a dozen years now, so buying is certainly something that we are very comfortable with in this marketplace.
$1700 is the significant support, so the fact that we have formed a hammer for the week isn’t overly surprising for us as we did expect the buyers to step in sooner or later.Money printing continues, the US Federal Reserve looking will certainly add to a Ponzi style massive position in the US Treasuries in the month of December, as well as possibly buying other assets as part of the 3rd round of quantitative easing.
Factors to Watch
U.S. consumer confidence fell more than forecast, fueling opinion that the Fed will buy more debt
TR /University of Michigan preliminary sentiment index in December fell to a four-month low of 74.5,
The Fed is buying $40 billion a month in mortgage-backed securities,
U.S. added more jobs than expected last month Non-farm payrolls rise by 146,000 in November
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