Gold is consolidating around the 1280 level, just off the 5½-month highs set earlier in the week at 1292.30/1295.46. A weaker dollar, as well as persistent geopolitical tensions are seen as supportive.
Initial jobless claims rebounded last week and the Philly Fed index missed expectations significantly. Leading indicators for March is out later this morning. Median expectations are +0.2%.
Fed Governor Powell is speaking on regulatory issues in Washington, DC this morning. He did mention in his opening remarks that while the economy has recovered from the financial crisis, he is concerned about weak growth.