Gold Inches Higher to Kick Off Action-Packed Week

WSJ/Amrith Ramkumar & Georgi Kantchev/10-30-17

Gold prices inched higher Monday, with many investors awaiting news later in the week that could swing prices.

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its latest statement following a two-day meeting that could offer clues about its outlook for interest rate increases moving forward. Gold struggles to compete with yield-bearing assets like Treasurys as borrowing costs rise. Additionally, President Donald Trump is expected to announce his nominee to be the next Fed chair this week. The Wall Street Journal reported that Mr. Trump is expected to nominate Fed governor Jerome Powell as his nominee.

Investors will also be paying attention to Friday’s monthly jobs report for the latest reading on the U.S. economy, which could affect expectations for future rate increases. Signs of inflation could also boost gold prices because some investors use the precious metal as a hedge against higher consumer prices.

“There’s some interest coming back into [gold] down at these levels.” — Bob Haberkorn, senior market strategist at RJO Futures.
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