Wednesday, October 27

Gold gains on muted dollar as investors focus on Fed

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Gold extended gains on Tuesday on the back of a subdued dollar, while investors were focused on the start of a Federal Reserve meeting that could provide clues on the central bank’s timeline for eventually cutting its stimulus for the US economy.

Spot gold was up 0.8% to $1,777.76 per ounce by 1441 GMT (10:41 am EDT), while US gold futures were up 0.8% to $1,777.00.

The posture for bullion is upbeat on safe-haven demand as there’s still anxiety over whether sell-offs in risky assets will resume, amid support from a weaker dollar, although the current rebound in equities is limiting gold’s gains, said Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco Metals

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The dollar eased off a one-month peak hit in the previous session, making gold cheaper for those holding other currencies.

But the technical picture for gold “remains near-term bearish… We may be seeing shorter-term futures traders that have been short maybe evening up and doing some short covering ahead of the FOMC,” Wyckoff added.

The Federal Open Market Committee will release a policy statement and new economic projections at the end of its meeting on Wednesday. Some analysts believe it could announce the start of the tapering of its asset purchases in the fourth quarter, which could push gold lower.

Reduced central bank stimulus and interest rate hikes tend to lift bond yields, raising the opportunity cost of holding non-interest bearing gold. It would also help boost the dollar, further weighing on bullion.

“The big question that needs to be answered is will the current market uncertainty change any prospective timeline that the Fed might have when it comes to announcing its tapering of asset purchases,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK.

Silver rose 1.3% to $22.53 per ounce, platinum climbed 3.9% to $945.80, and palladium gained 1.% to $1,905.23. (Reporting by Bharat Govind Gautam and Arundhati Sarkar in Bengaluru Editing by Paul Simao)