Metals Market

Gold, silver see some price pressure ahead of key U.S. data

Gold and silver futures prices are weaker in early U.S. trading Thursday. The precious metals have been hit by a stronger U.S. dollar index this week. The precious metals have not seen much safe-haven demand amid a U.S. stock market that has become wobbly this week. December gold futures were last down $4.50 at $1,874.40 and December Comex silver was last down $0.194 at $23.16 an ounce.

There is important U.S. economic data due for release Thursday morning, including the weekly jobless claims report, which is forecast to show a rise of around 780,000 claims. The advance third-quarter GDP estimate is forecast up a record 32% from the second quarter. Pending home sales for September are seen up 3.0%.

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