Wednesday, 29 November 2017



Gold prices failed to get a significant boost in Asia on Wednesday after the latest ballistic
missile test by North Korea. Gold futures for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 0.02% to $1,293.60 troy ounce. Overnight, gold prices pared gains on Tuesday as reports suggesting that North Korea fired a ballistic missile failed to raise safe haven demand. North Korea fired a ballistic missile from an area near Pyongyang early on Wednesday,
South Korea’s military said, while the Japanese government said it landed in the country’s
exclusive economic zone.
The Pentagon says initial the assessment of of the North Korea launch was an ICBM and
Japan PM Shinzo Abe ordered an emergency meeting of cabinet ministers over the
missile launch. Also supporting gold prices were comments from Federal Reserve chair designate Jerome Powell, who testified before Congress on Tuesday. Powell’s comments did little to change the widely held view that the incoming Fed chair will adopt a similar stance to outgoing Fed Chair Janet Yellen on monetary policy. Gold is sensitive to moves in U.S. rates, which lift the opportunity cost of holding nonyielding assets such as bullion.

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