Gold sunk as low as $1,227.50 per ounce this week, but looks set to end Friday on a high note.
The yellow metal was boosted above $1,260 after the US Federal Reserve’s most recent meeting ended Wednesday, and while it’s fallen a little since then, it was still at a respectable $1,253.10 as of 2:00 p.m. EST on Friday.
Market participants were cheered following the Fed’s meeting because the central bank said it will leave the target range for the benchmark rate unchanged at 0.25 to 0.5 percent. The decision implies that economic growth in the US is weak, which is generally positive for gold.
It’s tough to say whether gold’s good fortune will continue, but the metal is now up just over 18 percent year-to-date.
| Updated December 2015
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For its part, silver performed much the same as gold this week. While it was lower at the beginning of the week, reaching a low point of $15.19 per ounce, it saw a boost after the Fed’s announcement, and as of 2:00 p.m. EST on Friday was trading at $15.82.
Silver bugs may be interested to note that HSBC (NYSE:HSBC) and Commerzbank (ETR:CBK) recently came forward to say that the white metal has been outperforming gold lately. Explaining why that’s significant, HSBC said a note, “