Gold gains as dollar cools gains, Japanese stocks support

A A A - Gold prices crept up in Asian trading on Wednesday after investors looked past mixed data out of Europe, which bolstered the U.S. dollar earlier.

Gold and the dollar tend to trade inversely from one another.

On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for June delivery were up 0.06% at USD1,425.35 a troy ounce in Asian trading on Wednesday, up from a session low of USD1,423.55 and down from a high of USD1,429.35 a troy ounce.

Gold futures were likely to test support USD1,419.95 a troy ounce, Tuesday's low, and resistance at USD1,444.15, Tuesday's high.

In Europe on Tuesday, the ZEW index of German economic sentiment rose to 36.4 in May from 36.3 in April, well below expectations for a reading of 38.3, which put pressure on the single currency and sparked demand for the dollar, often a recipe for falling gold prices.

The index of current conditions fell to 8.9 from 9.2 in April, which markets interpreted as a sign that the German economy could face headwinds in its quest to rebound from a 0.5% contraction in the fourth quarter.

Inflation in Germany, meanwhile, came in line with market consensus.

The country's consumer price index contracted 0.5 % in April from March and rose 1.2% from April of last year, both figures in line with expectations.

Elsewhere, Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office, reported that industrial production in the euro area rose by 1% in March from February, more than double expectations for a 0.4% increase.

Spain saw borrowing costs fall to the lowest level since 2010 at an auction of 12-month government bonds.

Conflicting data out of Europe prompted investors to seek safe harbor on the liquid greenback, though by early Asian trading, rising Japanese stock prices enticed investors out of the dollar, which brought gold prices up with them.

Loose monetary policies at the Bank of Japan have prompted investors to chase yield in Asian stocks and European bonds, among other venues.

Elsewhere on the Comex, silver for July delivery was down 0.32% at USD23.305 a troy ounce, while copper for July delivery was up 0.03% and trading at USD3.292 a pound. - offers an extensive set of professional tools for the Forex, Commodities, Futures and the Stock Market including real-time data streaming, a comprehensive economic calendar, as well as financial news and technical & fundamental analysis by in-house experts.
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