For the first time in awhile, theÂ gold prices, were on the rise as the US dollar cooled off late in the week.
On Thursday, the Wall Street JournalÂ Â reported the yellow metal’s price surge was its biggest gain in almost three months. That said, as the year comes to a close, gold is poised to close 2016 nine percent higher after posting steady declines for the three previous years, according to Reuters.
As of 12:07 p.m. EST, the yellow metal had gained 1.98 percent over the five day period to reach $1,155.95 per ounce. For comparison, the yellow metal closed 2015 at $1,061.00 per ounce.
Moving into 2017, Peter Fertig, owner of Quantitative Commodity Research,Â told Reuters there could be some weakness in the gold price as a result of projected interest rates from the Federal Reserve.
âOn the other hand, though, uncertainty about politicalÂ alliances between U.S. President-elect Trump and internationalÂ players could create some geopolitical fractures, which would beÂ positive for gold,â he said.
Looking over to theÂ silverÂ price, the white metal saw an increase for much of the week, rising to $16.18 per ounce on Thursday. On Friday, the Economic Calendar reported silver prices are on pace for its fourth straight increase with the help of a weaker US dollar.
Over the five-day period, the white metal notched a 1.10 percent gain. As of 12:21 p.m. EST on Friday, the silver price had dropped off slightly to $15.90 per ounce. That said, the white metal has gained 10.59 percent since last December. Looking ahead to the new year, some projections indicate silver could rise 20 percent in 2017.
Early Friday,Â Reuters reported that the red metal is on pace for a 17 percent gainâits first annual increase in four years. As of 12:30 p.m. EST on Friday, the copper price was $2.50 per poundâa 17.96 percent increase from December 2015.
Lastly, spotÂ oil prices were largely on the rise last week, spiking as high as $54.16 per barrel on Thursday. That said, the price cooled off by Friday, dropping to $53.63 per barrel as of 12:40 p.m. EST. Stillâthe oil price has gained 45.61 percent since December 2015, and is on track to make its biggest yearly gain in seven years, according to Reuters.
However, the oil price is down nearly half its price since summer 2014, when it was over $100 per barrel, the publication noted. On that note, a Reuters poll showed the oil price could reach $60 per barrel in 2017 as a result of a strong US dollar and a possible recovery in US oil output.
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