Gold prices edged higher in Asia on Thursday with the ongoing debate about inflation prospects in the year ahead driving sentiment.
Gold futures for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 0.08% to $1,278.74 a troy ounce.
Overnight, gold prices fell on Wednesday after the dollar moved off intraday lows on signs that fourth quarter economic growth remained solid, cementing investor expectations that the Federal Reserve will raised rates for the third time this year in December.
A duo of reports on retail sales and inflation lifted the dollar off lows, pressuring gold prices to retreat from highs as the precious metal remained on track to post a loss for the first time this week.
The Labor Department said on Wednesday its Consumer Price Index rose 0.1% last month after jumping 0.5% in September.
Retail sales increased 0.2% last month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday beating expectations for a 0.1% increase.
The uptick retail sales suggested that consumption growth in the fourth quarter remained solid, further strengthening the narrative of an improving US economy. That cemented expectations for a year-end rate hike as investing.com’s fed rate monitor tool showed 100% of traders expect the Federal Reserve to raise rates in December.
Royal Bank of Canada’s Tom Porcelli said that the bank revised upwards its estimate for fourth quarter consumption to 2.7% from 2.4% after the upbeat retail sales print while its estimate for fourth quarter GDP rose to 3.4% from 3.2%
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