Market Digest

Gold hovers just off seven-week lows

23 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

NEW YORK: Gold prices slipped on Tuesday, ceding some of the previous session’s 1 per cent-plus gains, as the dollar ticked higher and markets dug in to hear what Fed Chair Jerome Powell would say later in the day about the bank’s monetary policy stance.

Spot gold traded at $1,779.10 per ounce by 0739 GMT, down 0.2 per cent on the day, having earlier risen as much as $1,789.89. It stands well off the seven-week lows hit last week, when a hawkish tone from the US Federal Reserve boosted the dollar and sent gold prices reeling, report agencies.

US gold futures were down 0.1 per cent at $1,780.5 per ounce.

“The Fed is not in the business of changing its mind quickly... Powell is going to reinforce the rhetoric that we heard last week,” DailyFX currency strategist Ilya Spivak said, adding that markets would seek clues on what scope there was for policy tightening.

The dollar index inched up 0.1 per cent, but stayed off its recent two-month highs.

Powell, who will appear before Congress from 1800 GMT, in prepared remarks said inflation had “increased notably in recent months”.

Last week, gold tumbled 6 per cent after the Fed signalled on Wednesday that interest rates could rise in 2023. Higher interest rates translate into higher opportunity cost of holding gold. Avtar Sandu, a senior commodities manager at Phillip Futures, said in a note that despite Monday’s bounce, “gold prices were being traded mostly within last Friday’s chart pattern, a pattern that is more reflective of a pause and indecision.”