Gold gained in Asia on Friday as investors awaited a prospective ICBM test by North Korea on Sept. 9, to mark its founding as being a nation with regional views mixed around the prospect for actual military confrontation.

Gold futures for December delivery to the Comex division of your New York Mercantile Exchange rose 0.56% to $1,358.05 a troy ounce.

China’s trade balance data entered at a surplus of $41.99 billion, narrower versus the $48.6 billion expected for August. Imports jumped 13.3%, superior to the 10% gain seen, while exports rose 5.5%, rather than a gain of 6.0% expected.

Earlier, China reported yuan-denominated exports gained 14.4% on year and rose 6.9% on month for the August for the trade balance surplus of CNY 286. billion.

Overnight, gold prices surged on Thursday to the back of an weaker dollar, following data showing weakness in labor market but gains were capped as expectations grew that this European Central Bank is moving closer to tightening monetary policy.

Following the ecu Central Bank’s decision and keep interest rates unchanged, ECB president Mario Draghi stated that ECB policymakers may likely settle on tapering monetary policy in October but did expressed concerns across the sharp development of the euro.

Draghi revealed that the currency’s strength “represents a resource of uncertainty which requires monitoring with regard to its implications with the medium term outlook for price stability.”

The sharp boost in the euro came amid a slump from the dollar following data showing initial jobless claims hit a two-year.

Initial jobless claims back then running from Aug. 27 to Sept. 2 surged by 62,000 to 298,000, reaching the very best level since spring 2019, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Dollar-denominated commodities like gold are responsive to moves in the dollar – A dip while in the dollar makes gold cheaper for holders of currency exchange thus, increases demand.