Monday, September 15, 2014

Gold prices are steady

Gold prices are steady on Monday, as the spot price stands at $1233.77 per ounce in the European session. The metal had an awful week, shedding about 3% against the surging US dollar. In economic news, there are no major US releases on Monday. The week started out on a positive note, as Empire State Manufacturing Index jumped to 27.5 points, well above expectations.
US numbers wrapped up last week on a high note. Core Retail Sales improved to 0.3%, edging above the estimate of 0.2%. Retail Sales posted a nice gain of 0.6%, well above the estimate of 0.3%. There was excellent news from the UoM Consumer Sentiment, which bounced back from a weak reading in July and improved to 84.6 points, its best showing since November 2012. The forecast stood at 83.2 points. These indicators point to an increase in consumer confidence and spending, which underscore a deepening economic recovery.