Gold saw a small increase on 4/18, while all other metals decreased in value.
Recent surveys of consumers, businesses, and investors have shown that Americans are generally feeling more optimistic about the US economy. However, that optimism is not translating into more shopping, which is what drives the economy. Trump ran his campaign on the promise of improving the economy—promising a 4 percent growth in just the first quarter—yet growth has been shockingly sluggish. Retail sales decreased in February and March. American consumers haven’t displayed this amount of frugality since early 2015, and it’s likely to leave an impact in some form.