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Gold rose to one-week high thanks to the fact that the dollar depreciates on Tuesday amid falling demand for the currency "safe haven". The reason for the increase in demand for risky assets, including gold, was the publication of positive statistical data on the manufacturing sector from Australia, China and India, unemployment in Germany and the index of business activity in the U.S..
Manufacturing activity in Australia rose in December for the first six months, official data showed. Purchasing managers' index (PMI) in India, which is calculated HSBC Holdings and Markit Economics, rose last month to 54.2 points - a maximum of six months, compared with 51 points in November. The comparable figure for China, calculated by the Federation of Logistics and Purchasing China, has risen in the last month of last year to 50.3 points with 49 points.
In the U.S., data from the Institute for Supply Management, which published the index of business activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector in December (ISM Manufacturing), showed that the rate rose last month to 53.9 points from 52.7 points a month earlier at the forecast of 53.3 points . Thus, ISM in the U.S. manufacturing sector has updated semi-annual maximum. Components of the report showed that the index of prices paid for the same period demonstrated an increase to 47.5 from 45, while the employment index updated in June and reached a maximum of 55.1. Recall that last month in the manufacturing sector was created five thousand jobs against the November 2 thousand
The unemployment rate in Germany in December showed reduction overcomes forecasts, helped by a sharp rise in exports of automobiles and industrial equipment, as well as an abnormally warm winter, which supported the activity in the construction sector. As reported today, the Federal Agency for Labour in Nuremberg, seasonally-weighted average unemployment rate registered a decline of 22 thousand to 2.89 million analysts polled before they expected to reduce by only 10 thousand of the report is also learned that the unemployment rate registered a decline to 6.8% from 6.9%.
February gold futures in electronic trading on the New York Stock Exchange on the Comex price increased to 1608.7 per troy ounce.
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