Gold is maintaining a consolidative tone as the week comes to an end. Geopolitical concerns continue to offer support, as does uncertainty surrounding the French election on Sunday.
French election polls have narrowed considerably in recent weeks, turning it into a close four-way race. With anti-euro candidates on both sides of the political spectrum that have pledged Frexit referendums, nobody seems to be considering what happens if those candidates — Le Pen and Melenchon — advance to the May run-off election. That would certainly shake things up on the Continent, and give the eurocrats in Brussels a case of the vapors!
Flash Markit PMIs for both manufacturing and services are out later this morning, along with existing home sales for March.