Gold slips after strong US data as focus turns to Powell
Gold rate today: Gold reversed course to slip on Tuesday after strong U.S. economic readings, while traders positioned for Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's speech and more data that could offer clues on future interest rate hikes.
Gold rate today: Gold reversed course to slip on Tuesday after strong U.S. economic readings, while traders positioned for Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's speech and more data that could offer clues on future interest rate hikes. Spot gold fell 0.6 per cent to $1,911.53 per ounce by 2:08 p.m. EDT (1808 GMT), while U.S. gold futures settled 0.5 per cent lower at $1,923.80. U.S. consumer confidence increased in June to the highest level in nearly 1-1/2 years, while new single-family home sales rose by a more-than-expected 12.2 per cent in May.
"Gold did not like the news," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA, as "that better economic data is going to drive those Fed tightening expectations and that should push up yields as well". Benchmark 10-year Treasury yields climbed, making zero-interest-bearing gold less attractive. Bullion edged up on Monday on risks from the short-lived mutiny in Russia.
But for gold, "the key question is the extent to which the internal tensions within Russia or any potential toppling of the government might affect global monetary policy," Commerzbank analysts wrote in a note. Gold has shed about 2.6 per cent this month — set for a second consecutive monthly fall if losses hold — as bets for higher-for-longer U.S. interest rates dented the zero-yielding asset's appeal and overshadowed its traditional safe-haven role to some extent.
Investors were awaiting Powell's upcoming speech, along with a trove of key economic data on Thursday. "Between now and Thursday, you're going to see a drifting, no-man's-land trading, sideways market here in gold, unless something else was to break," said Bob Haberkorn, senior market strategist at RJO Futures.
Silver advanced 0.1 per cent to $22.79 an ounce and was bound for a third straight session of gains. Platinum fell 0.2 per cent to $922.78 and palladium was down 0.6 per cent at $1,297.89.