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Gold hovers near 1-month low on Fed chair’s hawkish comments
Wed Dec 01 2021
Lucy Harlow (3877 articles)

Gold hovers near 1-month low on Fed chair’s hawkish comments

Gold edged higher on Wednesday, hovering close to a one-month low, after the U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank would discuss ending its bond purchases sooner.

Spot gold rose 0.1% to $1,775.85 per ounce by 0211 GMT, only $2 shy of Tuesday’s last recorded price which was the lowest since Nov.4.

U.S. gold futures was steady to $1,776.60.


Powell said the Fed will discuss whether to end their bond purchases a few months earlier than previously anticipated in December and the word “transitory” is no longer the most accurate term for describing the nature of current inflation.

Reduced stimulus and interest rate hikes tend to push government bond yields up, raising the opportunity cost of non-interest bearing gold.

Powell’s comments also helped strengthen the U.S. dollar, further weighing on gold as it increases the metal’s cost to buyers holding other currencies.

Fed officials are not happy with inflation above the central bank’s 2% target and bringing actual inflation down will be important to keeping expectations anchored near the central bank’s goal, Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida said.

Bank of England policymaker Catherine Mann said on Tuesday that the new omicron coronavirus variant could hurt consumer confidence, which would weaken economic recovery.

The World Health Organization warned countries not to impose blanket travel bans over the new omicron coronavirus variant, as governments and scientists try to determine how much protection current vaccines would offer against the strain.

Spot silver fell 0.3% to $22.73 an ounce. Platinum gained 0.7% to $940.48, while palladium gained 1% to $1,756.19.

Lucy Harlow

Lucy Harlow

Lucy Harlow is a senior Correspondent who has been reporting about Commodities, Currencies, Bonds etc across the globe for last 10 years. She reports from New York and tracks daily movement of various indices across the Globe