Thu Jul 28 2022
Lucy Harlow (3983 articles)

Gold gains as Fed’s Powell offers respite from big rate hike jitters

Gold gains as Fed’s Powell offers respite from big rate hike jitters

Gold prices extended gains on Thursday after comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell on future interest rate hikes sounded less hawkish than feared, dragging the dollar and Treasury yields lower.

Spot gold was up 0.2% at $1,737.44 per ounce, as of 0205 GMT, after rising 1% to a two-week high in the previous session. U.S. gold futures rose 1% to $1,736.70 per ounce.

The U.S. central bank on Wednesday raised rates by three-quarters of a percentage point for the second straight meeting to combat soaring inflation.

Powell said another “unusually large” increase in interest rates may be appropriate at the September meeting, but the decision will be determined by the incoming economic data and it would not give forward guidance.

“Powell left the door slightly open to a review of the rate situation and provided some sort of light at the end of the tunnel that we’re not going to be seeing increasing rates going into next year as well,” said Edward Meir, an analyst with ED&F Man Capital Markets.

“That knocked the dollar and U.S. yields down causing the flurry we saw in gold. In the near-term, gold prices are expected to move higher with good chance of testing resistance between $1,780 to $1,800 over the next month.”

The dollar fell 0.6% overnight and was languishing near a three-week low on Thursday, making greenback-denominated gold less expensive for other currency holders.

Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields fell to hover near two-month lows. Lower bond yields reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-interest bearing gold.

Meanwhile, a sharp fall in purchases by investors pulled global gold demand down 8% in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2021, the World Gold Council said.

Elsewhere, spot silver gained 0.4% to $19.20 per ounce, platinum rose 0.4% to $890, and palladium climbed 0.6% to $2,042.51.

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