Gold gains as dollar, yields slip ahead of US inflation data
Gold price: Gold prices edged higher on Tuesday as the dollar and bond yields fell ahead of U.S. inflation data that could offer more cues on the Federal Reserve's rate-hike path.
Gold price: Gold prices edged higher on Tuesday as the dollar and bond yields fell ahead of U.S. inflation data that could offer more cues on the Federal Reserve's rate-hike path. Spot gold was up 0.4 per cent at $1,931.83 per ounce by 02:11 p.m. EDT (1811 GMT), set for a third consecutive session of gains. U.S. gold futures rose 0.3 per cent to $1,937.10. Making gold cheaper for holders of other currencies, the dollar index (.DXY) fell 0.3 per cent to its lowest level since May 11. Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields also slipped.
"If we have a soft inflation reading, it will be positive for gold and prices might go up to $1,950. I think it will be tough for gold to break below $1,900 level on a hot report," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA. "Rate hikes are not going to break gold's back, but it might kill the economy. So there is some support for gold due to this reason."
All eyes are on U.S. consumer prices data due on Wednesday, which is expected to show prices cooled on an annual basis in June. However, markets are pricing in a 25-basis-point rate hike from the Fed later this month after last week's jobs report pointed to a resilient U.S. economy. FEDWATCH Gold is used as a safe investment during times of political and financial uncertainty, but higher interest rates increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.
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Spot silver fell 0.1 per cent to $23.09 per ounce, platinum eased 0.1 per cent to $925.76, while palladium rose 0.8 per cent to $1,249.94. "In the very long term, silver is expected to trade significantly above the $26/oz mark and should increasingly decouple from gold," TD Securities wrote in a note.