Firmer dollar tempers gold prices as Fed set to continue rates hike
Bengaluru — Gold prices dropped on Thursday as the dollar edged higher, with some investors cashing in after minutes of a US Federal Reserve policy meeting showed that the central bank is likely to stay the course on interest rate hikes.
Spot gold dipped 0.5% to $1,844.15/oz by 5.46am GMT, as a firmer dollar hurt demand for greenback-priced bullion for buyers holding other currencies. US gold futures eased 0.2% to $1,843.30.
The Fed’s commitment to raising rates has affected gold a little, with some profits being taken as the news sinks in, and prices could drop to $1,820 or so, said Brian Lan, MD at dealer GoldSilver Central.
Gold cut some dollar strength-driven losses on Wednesday after notes from the Fed’s May meeting suggested the central bank would not get more aggressive, and would raise interest rates again by 50 basis points in June and July to combat inflation. In the longer term, however, investors that know a recession is looming are looking at something of high value that can tide them through this period, and gold will shine, Lan said.
Higher short-term US interest rates and bond yields raise the opportunity cost of holding bullion, which yields nothing. Gold is, however, seen as a safe-haven asset during financial crises. It was positive for gold that the Fed will put in two more half-percentage-point hikes and then wait to see its economic impact, so gold’s response has been quiet disappointing, said Michael McCarthy, chief strategy officer at Tiger Brokers, Australia.
SPDR Gold Trust , the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings rose 0.2% to 1,069.81 tonnes on Wednesday from 1,068.07 tonnes in the prior day.
Spot silver dipped 1% to $21.74/oz, platinum eased 0.4% to $939.59, and palladium slipped 0.5% to $1,996.70.
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