Stocks have fallen out of favour with investors due to the rise in bond yields. The US 10-year yield is now 3.77%, which is a major rebound because earlier this week it was 3.6%.
Traders were in risk-on mode for much of the European session as the fears that have been hanging over markets recently faded a little.
Gold is arguably the oldest interment tool in the world, and with that it has a long track record of being a safe haven asset, whereby if uncertainty descends upon the markets, funds are ploughed into the metal.
Stock markets in the US are up as the dip in bond yields have paved the way for the bulls to take centre stage.
Stock markets are pushing higher ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting, even though it is widely believed the bank will reveal a large interest rate hike.
Worries about inflation are gathering pace as the US producer price index (PPI) rate jumped to 11.3%, close to its record high.
The jump in the US inflation rate triggered major volatility in the markets as traders now feel the Federal Reserve will be even more hawkish than previously expected.
A dip in government bond yields has paved the way for bargain hunters to swoop in and snap up European equities.
Stock markets in Europe are on track to finish higher as bullish sentiment is doing the rounds.
Last Friday, the S&P 500 rallied over 3% but now things have cooled a little. The slight tick higher in bond yields seems to be applying pressure to stocks.
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