GOLD TRADING FORECAST TODAY
INTERNATIONAL COMEX NEWS
- Gold prices dropped on Thursday while the U.S. dollar also slid despite higher demand in safe-haven assets amidst the Turkish lira crisis. Gold Futures for December delivery went down by 0.48% to $1,179.2 per troy ounce at 12:02AM ET (04:02 GMT) on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The U.S. dollar index that tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies also pulled back to 96.36, down by 0.24% after hitting a 13-month high in the previous session.
- U.S. crude prices plunged further on Wednesday, hitting an eight-week low after data showed that U.S. oil stockpiles rose unexpectedly last week. West Texas Intermediate crude was down $1.73, or roughly 2.5%, at $65.36 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange by 10:33AM ET. It was the lowest level since June 21. Prices were at around $65.86 prior to the release of the inventory data.
- Oil prices were mixed on Thursday as data from the Energy Informational Administration (EIA) showed the U.S. crude inventory level unexpectedly hiked by 6.8 million barrels in the week ending Aug 10. Analysts previously forecasted stockpiles would fall by 2.5 million barrels.
- Lebanese banks are pulling out the stops to bring in dollars as the country strives to preserve a two-decade old currency peg, offering high returns to customers willing to change their hard currency into long-term Lebanese pound deposits. It is one sign of Lebanon’s determination to maintain monetary stability as political leaders’ warnings of economic crisis have fueled rumors that have led the central bank to issue repeated assurances about the peg’s soundness.
- Swept along by super-easy money, investors have debated for years how world markets will react when this central bank largesse inevitably ends. Now the liquidity tide is about to turn, and they have only a few months to adjust. The world’s four biggest central banks – the U.S. Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan and the Bank of England – have pumped around $13 trillion into the global economy since the crisis year of 2009, sharply expanding their own balance sheets of financial assets.
- Last year, Abbey Jones’ high school routine had a twist. For 45 minutes each week, she became one of 15 student tellers at the Community Spirit Bank branch at Red Bay High School in Red Bay, Alabama. Her job? To handle her peers’ transactions and market the bank’s student-specific accounts. Community Spirit has used a digital platform to teach Red Bay students financial concepts for roughly five years.