Gold prices headed lower on Friday as a stronger dollar dented demand for the precious metal, but it was still on track for its first weekly climb in four as investors reentered their attention on the Federal Reserve. The fall in dollar this week came as safe-haven demand for the U.S. currency ebbed amid continued relief that fresh U.S. and Chinese tariffs on reciprocal imports were less harsh than originally feared.
As longs aggressively added their positions, the SHFE 1811 contract jumped past 50,000 yuan/mt, a psychologically-significant level, to an intraday high of 50,020 yuan/mt before it edged down to close at 49,740 yuan/mt. Open interest for the October contract shrank 8,024 lots while that for January-March contracts grew 14,198 lots. The spread between October and November contract exceeded 300 yuan/mt.
Crude oil markets were all over the place on Friday, based upon a lot of different moving pieces. Not the least of which would have been a searching US dollar. The market does want to go higher but the US dollar strengthening based upon the noise and the United Kingdom has put more bearish pressure on this. Overall, I think that the market will be paying attention to quadruple witching during the session as well, so quite frankly I would pay more attention to the longer-term trend of going higher.
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