A declining dollar and the Fed's statement on raising interest rates are helping the precious metal rally today.
Gold for August delivery is advancing by 2.12% to $1,201.80 per ounce on the COMEX this morning.
On Wednesday following the conclusion of the Fed policy meeting the central bank said increasing interest rates from their current near-zero levels would be appropriate after continued improvements in the labor market, Reuters reports.
"(The Fed was) a bit more dovish than the market had expected considering the improvement in economic data since the last meeting. Two quarter-percentage-point hikes before the end of the year could easily become just one if Greek worries, a strong dollar and low inflation outlook continue," Ole Hansen, an analyst at Saxo Bank told Reuters.
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