Gold continues to consolidate below $1300 after ECB policy came in as expected: Steady on rates and smaller QE for longer. Mario Draghi’s press conference is ongoing.
U.S. initial jobless claims rebounded 10k last week, but the print was still below expectations. The trade gap widened in-line with expectations.
There are reports circulating this morning, citing Politico, that Janet Yellen and Kevin Warsh are out of the running for Fed chair. That may mean that the field has narrowed to John Taylor and Jerome Powell.
The dollar index is probing back above 94.00, buoyed by a dovish ECB and the resulting weaker euro. That is keeping gold defensive. Political and geopolitical tensions continue to provide support.