Dollar weakness was responsible for all of today’s gains as market participants bid the precious yellow metal lower by actively selling today.
After the three-day holiday weekend, U.S. equities had respectable gains with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining just over 393 points, which is a net gain of 1.13% and closed at its highest recorded price level of 33,527.19. The S&P 500 also closed at a new record high after factoring in today’s 58-point gain (+1.44%)., Currently, the index is at 4077.91. Although the NASDAQ composite did not close at a new all-time high it had the largest percentage gains of the three major indices. After factoring in today’s 225-point gain (+1.67), the heavy tech index closed at 13,705.59. A major bounce in the FANG stocks was largely responsible for today’s sizable gains in the NASDAQ with Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Tesla providing strong tailwinds which led to the 1.67% gain in the NASDAQ.
In both gold futures and spot pricing it was dollar weakness that held any losses to a minimum. The dollar index lost 44 points, or -0.47% and is currently fixed at 92.61. According to the KGX (Kitco Gold Index) spot gold is currently fixed at $1728.10 which is a net decline of $2.20 on the day. On closer inspection market participants bid the precious metal lower by $9.50. Concurrently dollar weakness contributed $7.30 of value resulting in today’s marginal decline of $2.20.
The cryptocurrencies, specifically Bitcoin futures which trades on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange closed, in essence, unchanged but still remained extremely strong with a single coin valued just shy of $60,000 at $59,525.
While gold futures were able to eke out a fractional gain the same cannot be said for silver. Silver futures basis the most active May contract lost approximately 3 ½ cents in trading today (-0.15%) and is currently fixed at $24.915.
Today Reuters reported that the service sector gauge surged to a record high in March based on strong growth in new orders.
“A measure of U.S. services industry activity surged to a record high in March amid robust growth in new orders, in the latest indication of a roaring economy that is being boosted by increased vaccinations and massive fiscal stimulus.”
The record numbers reported from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) coupled with Friday’s jobs report which revealed that the United States added 916,000 jobs last month (which is the largest monthly gain since August) clearly underscores that the economy in the United States is truly rebounding as the economic scenario in the United States continues to gain momentum. Considering those factors gold and silver prices held up rather well.
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