Gold, silver surge as USDX sinks, U.S. Treasury yields slip
(Kitco News) - Gold and silver prices are sharply higher in midday U.S. trading Thursday, boosted by a solidly lower U.S. dollar index and a dip in U.S. Treasury yields on this day. August gold was last up $24.60 at $1,983.00 and July silver was up $0.796 at $24.325.
The marketplace is starting to zero in on next week's FOMC meeting of the Federal Reserve. The majority of the marketplace thinks the Fed will pause in its interest-rate-tightening cycle. But now many market watchers think the U.S. central bank will follow the Bank of Canada's recent moves. The BOC this week raised interest rates by 0.25% after a four-month pause. The BOC's move “brings home the reality that a pause needn't be a pivot. It can also be a way to slow down increases while fresh data come in,” said a Wall Street Journal story today.
Asian and European stock markets were mostly weaker overnight. U.S. stock indexes are firmer at midday.
In other news, the Euro zone reported its first-quarter GDP was revised down to -0.1% from the fourth quarter. Meantime, the fourth-quarter GDP was revised down to -0.1%. That means the Euro zone technically entered a recession in the first quarter, albeit just barely.