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Gold Prices Hold Steady After 3 Weeks of Gains

CommoditiesOct 22, 2018 09:43AM ET
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© Reuters. Gold little changed as attention shifts to U.S. GDP.

Investing.com - Gold prices were little changed on Monday after logging three-straight weeks of gains as investors prepared for Friday’s data on U.S. third-quarter growth, while monetary policy decisions this week from the European Central Bank and Bank of Canada will also be closely watched.

At 9:36 AM ET (13:36 GMT), gold futures for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange inched up 40 cents, or 0.03%, to $1,224.10 a troy ounce. The precious metal ended little changed on Friday after a choppy trading session, but still ended the week with a gain of 0.59%, its third-straight weekly increase.

Gold prices have been boosted by weaker stock markets and heightened geopolitical risks, which underpinned safe-haven demand for bullion, while market participants turn their attention this week to GDP data that is expected to show that U.S. economic growth slowed in the third quarter from the second, when the economy grew at its fastest pace in four years.

Investors will also be getting an update on the health of the U.S. housing market, which has been hit by rising borrowing costs as a result of Fed rate hikes, with the release of figures on new and pending home sales.

Data on Friday showed that sales of existing homes fell for a sixth-straight month in September, in what was the largest decline in more than two years.

In other metals trading, silver futures fell 0.62% at $14.565 a troy ounce by 9:38 AM ET (13:38 GMT).

Palladium futures rose 1.82% to $1,089.40 an ounce, while sister metal platinum traded down 1.15% at $826.40

Gold Prices Hold Steady After 3 Weeks of Gains
 

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