Investing.com - Gold prices gained slightly in Asia on Friday,
supported by events in the Ukraine.
On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold
futures for June delivery traded at $1,293.80 a troy ounce, up
0.25%, after hitting an overnight session low of $1,268.60 and off
a high of $1,298.30.
Ukraine military forces killed five separatists earlier, while
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Kiev against stepping up
its offensive against the rebels.
Geopolitical tensions eclipsed overall positive U.S. data by
stoking fears the Washington will get dragged into the conflict,
which sent investors chasing safe-haven yen positions, making gold
an attractive hedge to the weaker dollar.
The Commerce Department reported earlier that U.S. orders for
durable goods rose 2.6% in March, beating expectations for a 2%
Core durable goods orders, which exclude volatile transportation
items, rose 2% last month, far outpacing forecasts for a 0.6%
Separately, the Labor Department said the number of individuals
who filed for unemployment assistance in the U.S. in the week
ending April 19 rose by 24,000 to 329,000. Analysts had expected an
increase of 5,000.
Despite the increase, underlying trends still point to recovery
in the labor market, giving investors room to focus on other market
Silver for May delivery was down 0.17% at US$19.655 a troy
ounce, while copper futures for May delivery rose 0.26% at US$3.123
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