December 11, 2023

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Gold drops to greater than 3-month low as merchants await Powell speech

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“Good US financial information stays a headwind for the yellow metallic, because it seemingly retains Fed officers reiterating a hawkish tone,” UBS analyst Giovanni Staunovo stated.

US shopper confidence elevated in June to the very best stage in practically 1-1/2 years amid renewed labour market optimism, whereas enterprise spending appeared to carry up in Could, indicating the economic system remained on a stable footing regardless of fears of a recession.

Traders’ focus has shifted to Powell’s speech at a day coverage panel earlier than a European Central Financial institution Discussion board in Portugal. The US central financial institution signalled this month that borrowing prices should have to rise by as a lot as half a proportion level by the top of this yr.

“(However) we nonetheless anticipate sooner or later the aggressive financial coverage tightening to weaken US financial information and lead to a change of tone by the Fed,” Staunovo added.

Excessive rates of interest discourage merchants from investing in non-yielding gold.

“We’ve seen rising indicators that the US could evade an outright recession … Our forecasts see gold falling nearer to $1,850 ranges this yr primarily based on this assumption and that rates of interest may keep increased for barely longer than the market was anticipating,” Harshal Barot, senior marketing consultant at Metals Focus, stated.

The greenback index inched up 0.1 per cent, making gold much less enticing for abroad patrons.

Amongst different metals, spot silver fell 0.6 per cent to $22.74 per ounce, platinum shed 0.8 per cent to $917.30, and palladium dropped 2.5 per cent to $1,263.98.

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