Nov 7 – Gold hit a two-week low on Tuesday as a safe-haven rally triggered by Middle East tensions lost steam with the market focus turning to interest rate cues from Federal Reserve officials, while palladium slid to a five-year low.
Spot gold fell 0.5% to USD 1,968.19 per ounce by 3:20 p.m. ET (2020 GMT), its lowest since Oct. 24. US gold futures settled down 0.8% at USD 1,973.50.
Silver fell nearly 2% to USD 22.60.
The dollar gained 0.3%, also driving the retreat across metals.
Gold is holding at these levels on expectations the Fed is done raising rates and “the sooner the first rate cut gets pushed in the forecast, the better it is for gold”, said Everett Millman, chief market analyst at Gainesville Coins.
Lower interest rates boost the appeal of zero-yield bullion and the focus will be on Chair Jerome Powell’s speech on Wednesday and Thursday, and other Fed officials due to speak this week.
“Everything would have to go right economically in order for gold to sell off (in 2024),” Millman added.
Bullion hit a five-month high in October as a result of the Israel-Hamas conflict. But recent declines suggest investors are becoming less concerned about geopolitics, Marios Hadjikyriacos, investment analyst at forex broker XM, wrote in a note.
Palladium fell 4.4% to USD 1,057.50, after dropping as much as 5.1% to a five-year low earlier. Platinum eased 1.6% to USD 890.84.
Both are used in car engine exhausts to reduce emissions.
“Substitution from palladium to platinum and more electric vehicles being sold will likely push the metal into a structural surplus next year,” UBS said in a note, forecasting palladium prices at USD 1,050 in the second half of 2024.
Impala Platinum said it was offering voluntary job cuts at some South African mines to cut costs amid falling platinum prices.
Traders also took stock of mixed economic data from key market China.
(Reporting by Ashitha Shivaprasad in Bengaluru, Editing by Arpan Varghese and Alexander Smith)