Gold Rises But Still On Shaky Ground As Fed Taper Looms

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    "As long as markets remain confident that the U.S. tapering by year-end and rate hikes in 2022. Treasury yields have surged on growing market expectations of U.S. Commodity currencies made a bounce on the dollar on Thursday following a Bloomberg report which said China had ordered energy companies to secure supplies for the winter at all costs, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.

    Beijing is scrambling to deliver more coal to utilities to restore supply amid a power crunch that has unsettled markets due to the likely hit to economic growth. The euro slipped 0.1% early on Friday to $1.1572 and has fallen 1.3% this week, tumbling through major support around $1.16 to touch its lowest levels since July 2020. The yen is down 0.6% for the week and twice as much in a fortnight as higher U.S.

    Treasury yields have drawn flows out of the Japanese yen into dollars. The New Zealand dollar also lifted from a month-low on Thursday and last sat at $0.6892.

    Central banks in both countries meet next week, with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand expected to hike rates. is going to start tightening monetary policy within a reasonable timeframe, the dollar should remain well supported and eventually rise 5-10% from current levels," sаid Societe Generale strategist Kit Juckes.
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