The price of gold was driving lower on Thursday, plunging back toward the milestone price of $1,600 per troy ounce, according to
Drivers for the yellowish metal's dip include speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve is might not move forward with additional intervention to spur the economy. Consequently, the value of the world's reserve currency grew amid the conjecture stating that the U.S. government will not be watering down its value.
In response to the growing value of the U.S. dollar, bullion suffers losses as the two typically perform the inverse of one another.
"There is now less impetus for the policy makers to expand the balance sheet," head of commodity strategy Bart Melek with TD Securities Inc. in Toronto told the news source. "The dollar's strength is not helping matters."
At 2:27 p.m. on Thursday, gold prices fell 0.83 percent, a $13.50 loss to $1,608.30 per troy ounce.
The second quarter of this year saw the yellowish metal droop 4 percent. By contrast, the U.S. dollar climbed 3.3 percent against rival currencies.
Also benefiting the world's reserve currency on Thursday was increased trader and investor interest in the monetary unit after the European Central Bank announced its plans to slash interest rates, The Wall Street Journal reports
The drop in value for bullion on Thursday represents the diametric opposite of gains for the yellowish metal from earlier this week.
Gold gained amid fierce speculation noting that central banks throughout the world were preparing to intervene and water down monetary policy as strategies of providing a modicum of stability to financial systems.
The pace of global development and growth has been on the wane, particularly indicated by reductions to manufacturing information in the U.S., the euro zone and China.
But the interest rate reduction effected by the European Central Bank did not come as a surprise. Rather, that rate slash prompted traders and investors to more strongly drive toward the world's reserve currency.
"The market (for bullion) had priced" the central bank of Europe's rate reduction, head precious metals dealer Frank McGhee with Integrated Brokerage Services told The Wall Street Journal. "The interest-rate cut is weakening the euro. That re-creates the race of who can run their currency down the fastest."
But of consideration to the dollar's value these days is two banks moving forward with their own strategies of monetary easing.
The People's Bank of China and the Bank of England both embarked on programs to spur their economies with monetary easing intervention.
Thursday saw the U.S. Dollar Index, a metric that measures the value of the U.S. monetary unit against six competing currencies, surge to its highest value on one week. Pulling down other monetary units was speculation that intervention would draw down the other currencies.
The programs to spur the particular nations' economies also demonstrated the fragility and tenuousness of the global economy, according to
Both programs - the one of the ECB and that of the Bank of England were largely anticipated.
But the ECB program immediately pinched the shared currency of the European Union while also pulling down the price of gold.
The PBOC effort was a reduction of benchmark lending and deposit rates and the financial institution also indicated it was deploying lending rules that were more relaxed.
Though U.S. markets were closed on Wednesday in observation of the U.S. national birthday, the yellowish metal was at its highest price in two weeks on Tuesday. That upward spike in value was attributed to anticipations about central banks moving forward with the easing programs.