Gold, silver futures settle lower

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USA gold futures for August delivery fell 0.2 percent to $1,214.80 per ounce.

Spot gold edged up 0.1 per cent to $1,219.70 an ounce by 1345 GMT, having hit its lowest in almost fourth months at $1,204.45 this week.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week for the first time in a month and producer prices unexpectedly rose in June, likely keeping the U.S. Federal Reserve on course for a third interest rate increase this year.

The U.S. economy is healthy enough for the Fed to raise rates and begin winding down its massive bond portfolio, although low inflation and a low neutral rate may leave the central bank with diminished leeway, Yellen said on Wednesday. Yellen's testimony coupled with ongoing political concersn in the U.S. surrounding any links that may exist between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian Federation.

Harfst & Associates Inc. Purchases Shares of 1780 Aflac Incorporated (AFL)
The active investment managers in our partner's database now hold: 251.81 million shares, up from 248.91 million shares in 2016Q3. With 114,600 avg volume, 7 days are for Tillys Incorporated (NYSE:TLYS)'s short sellers to cover TLYS's short positions.

Investors have been using US data to gauge whether the economy is strong enough to bear a third interest-rate increase this year. The US dollar index, which measures the strength of the dollar against a basked of six major currencies, was down just 0.03% to 95.53.

Among other precious metals, silver rose 0.4 percent to $15.94 per ounce.

Palladium advanced 0.4 percent to $855.49 per ounce, set to end the week nearly 2 percent higher.

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