Gold prices continued to advance after Monday's selloff as the headline manufacturing index from the Institute for Supply Management disappointed in December.
The ISM manufacturing index was at 58.7% last month, falling short of the consensus forecast of 60.0%. The monthly figure also marked a 2.4 percentage-point decline from November’s reading of 61.1%.
“This figure indicates expansion in the overall economy for the 19th month in a row after a contraction in April 2020,” the report said.
Readings above 50% in such diffusion indexes are seen as a sign of economic growth, and vice-versa. The farther an indicator is above or below 50%, the greater or smaller the rate of change.