Monday, December 4

Gold gets reprieve as dollar slips, rate hike bets check advance

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Gold inched higher on Wednesday as the

dollar pulled back, but gains were capped by expectations for an

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aggressive Federal Reserve approach to US inflation, which

rose unexpectedly last month.

Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,702.50 per ounce by 1237

GMT, while US gold futures eased 0.2% to $1,713.20.

While weakness in dollar is helping raise gold off its lows,

higher yields are likely to make it more difficult for prices to

make any meaningful gains in the short term, said Michael

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Hewson, chief markets analyst at CMC Markets.

Gold prices in the previous session saw their biggest

one-day percentage fall since July 14, as the dollar logged its

best day since March 2020 after an unexpected rise in US

August consumer prices.

“Tuesday’s decline was probably in some way an over

reaction. Of course gold is suffering from rising rates, but

market risks remain significant and gold is strongly holding

its safe haven asset role,” said Carlo Alberto De Casa, external

analyst for Kinesis Money.

The inflation data stoked expectations the Fed could raise

US borrowing costs faster and further than previously

anticipated, with some even speculating there could be a

100-basis-point hike at the end of its Sept. 20-21 meeting.

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Gold is seen as a hedge against inflation, but higher

interest rates increase the opportunity cost of holding it.

The dollar index eased 0.3% on Wednesday, making gold

less expensive for overseas buyers.

“The gold market sentiment just now appears vulnerable with

much attention focused upon key support at the $1,680 level, a

breach of which could see further substantial falls on stop-loss

selling,” said independent analyst Ross Norman.

Meanwhile investors also took stock of data showing US

producer prices fell for second straight month in August.

Elsewhere, spot silver rose 0.9% to $19.49 per ounce,

platinum climbed 2.1% to $897.00, while palladium

eased 0.1% to $2,101.50.

(Reporting by Arundhati Sarkar in Bengaluru; editing by Vinay

Dwivedi and Jason Neely)



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