Gold futures were rising Thursday morning, supported by a retreat in bond yields and a weakness in the U.S. dollar, a day after the precious metal put in the worst quarterly loss since 2016.
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Some experts speculated that a combination of unwinding of bearish bullion bets and buying at the end of March, as well as rebalancing following the first three months of 2021 might be helping to give a lift to beleaguered precious metals.
“Quarter-end rebalancing and short covering may be helping the precious metal recoup some losses after what was a terrible quarter,” wrote Raffi Boyadjian, senior investment analyst at XM.
Meanwhile, commodity traders were parsing, initial jobless claims which rose 61,000 to 719,000, compared against estimates for a gain of 675,000 and last week’s 658,000 figure, which was lowered.
Investors are still breaking down the details of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan, and assess the likelihood of the bills passing through Congress, which would affect the outlook for gold as market participants assess the prospects of the impact of further fiscal stimulus and tax hikes on the economy.
Thus far, a buoyant economic data, fiscal stimulus and positive vaccine developments have weighed on gold prices, undercutting their haven appeal.