Tuesday, May 10, 2011

March Wholesale Inventories Up 1.1%

A report released at 10 AM ET showed that wholesalers' inventory levels for March were up 1.1%, which was a slightly greater rise than February's 1.0%. March sales were up 2.9%, and the inventory-to-sales ratio was 1.13.

Gold's fall, which started just before the start of regular trading, continued until the metal reached $1,506 just after 9:00. Initially crawling back to around $1,510, it picked up steam after this report was released; soon afterwards, it had climbed to $1,516. Although the report may have had some influence, the prior softening of the greenback had more to do with the recovery than wholesale inventory levels. Still, the report didn't hurt.

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