The prices of gold and silver continued to rise last week. The rally of precious metals coincided with the appreciation of the USD against several currencies including the Euro and Canadian dollar, and the rise of other commodities such as crude oil. Will gold and silver continue to trade up this week? As I have stated in the recent precious metals weekly outlook, several reports and meetings may affect precious metals prices this week. These items include: ECB rate decision, U.S core durable goods, U.S non-manufacturing PMI, China’s trade balance, and jobless claims weekly update. On today’s agenda: Spain’s unemployment Change, U.S Factory Orders, Australian Trade Balance and RBA Cash Rate decision.
Here is a short outlook for precious metals for Monday, February 4th:
Precious Metals – February Update
On Friday, the price of gold rose by 0.56% to $1,669.9; Silver price also increased by 1.99% to $31.96. During last week, gold increased by 0.8%; silver, by 2.49%. Moreover, during last week, the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) also rose by 0.5% and reached by February 2nd 161.45.
Current Gold and Silver Rates as of February 4th
Gold (short term delivery) is traded at $1,667.3 per t oz. a $3.3 or 0.2% decrease as of 08:22*.
Silver (short term delivery) is at $31.71 per t oz – a $0.25 or 0.79% decrease as of 08:22*.
Daily Outlook for February 4th
Prices of precious metals rallied during last week. I suspect metals will continue to trade up this week. The FOMC’s decision to keep its policy unchanged and not to refer to its future plans as to when it will pull the plug on the current asset purchase program is likely to maintain bullion rates high.
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Here is a reminder of the top events and publications that are scheduled for today and tomorrow (all times GMT):
08:00 – Spain’s unemployment Change
15:00 – U.S Factory Orders
02:30 – Australian Trade Balance
05:30 – Reserve Bank of Australia – Cash Rate Statement
11:00 – Euro Area Retail Sales
15:00 – U.S. ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI
00:30 – Australian Retail Sales
For further reading:
- Gold and Silver Outlook for February 4-8
- Weekly Outlook Financial Markets for February 4-8
- Gold and Silver Outlook for February
- Gold and Silver Yearly Outlook For 2013