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Metals Stocks: Gold prices up a third straight session, trease a finish back above $1,800 an ounce


Gold prices were flat on Thursday after tallying back-to-back gains as the recent rally again stalled out right around the $1,800 per ounce level.

Price action

February gold 


was flat at $1,797 per ounce on Comex.

Silver for March


delivery added 1 cent, or less than 0.1%, to $22.93 per ounce.

March palladium prices

climbed by $4.70, or nearly 0.3%, to $1,859 per ounce, while January platinum

rose $9.80, or 1%, to $1,026 per ounce.

Copper prices for March

climbed 3 cents, or 0.8%, to $3.89 per pound.

Market drivers

Gold investors are looking at a lot of event risk in the coming days, including U.S. inflation reports on Friday and next week, as well as a meeting of the Federal Reserve where investors expect the central bank to raise its benchmark interest rate by 0.5 percentage points.

“The inflation data tomorrow and on Wednesday could give the yellow metal a boost but it’s the fear of entrenched inflation that could nudge the terminal rate higher. Investors will want to hear what the Fed has to say on the nasty wages surprise last week,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.

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