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Weekly Market Reports

Gold Hits Two-Week Lows

As the U.S. dollar experiences a bounce-back, Gold prices sank to two-week lows Wednesday. Following remarks from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, many investors lost hope of a fast resolution to trade disputes between the U.S. and China. In a report from Reuters India, Gold futures fell 0.5 percent to $1,322.40 per ounce during early trading, their lowest since February 15. The dollar meanwhile gained 0.2 percent as it once again gained support as a short-term, safe-haven asset. When U.S. currency value increases, Gold becomes more costly to buyers using other currencies.

Rep. Lighthizer stated current issues with China were too serious to be brushed away by a promise from China to buy more goods from the United States. One metals executive is quoted in the article noting recent Federal Reserve statements about remaining patient with interest rate hikes should give some confidence to Gold investors that prices will continue to go up. Aside from current downward movement, Gold has gone up around 15 percent since hitting a low point last August.

Market Sentiment Remains Bullish for Silver

While the price of Silver took a small hit Tuesday, some analysts continue to forecast a bullish future for the Precious Metal. In an article for FX Empire, Colin First suggests the market has encountered “a bit of [an] issue around the $16 level.” He believes these pullbacks will continue but market sentiment will remain bullish overall. Long term, he predicts Silver will rise toward the $17 level. First also cautions Precious Metals like Silver will remain sensitive to the U.S. dollar in general, as volatility remains a constant.

At 2:09 p.m. (ET), the APMEX Gold and Silver spot prices were:

  • Gold, $1,321.00 Down $8.00
  • Silver, $15.80 Down $0.17
  • Platinum, $870.40 Up $8.00
  • Palladium, $1,524.50 Down $40.20

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