June 7 (Reuters) – Gold prices fell 1% on Wednesday, weighed by an uptick in US bond yields, while investors looked forward to inflation data and the Federal Reserve policy meeting next week for more clarity on the US interest rate path.
Spot gold was down 1.1% at USD 1,942.32 per ounce by 2:42 p.m. EDT (1842 GMT).
US gold futures settled down 1.2% to USD 1,958.40.
Benchmark US 10-year Treasury yields rose to a more than one-week high after the Bank of Canada raised interest rates in a move that could help the Fed retain a hawkish stance when policymakers meet next week.
“Yields have remained relatively elevated keeping some light pressure on the gold market,” said David Meger, director of metals trading, High Ridge Futures.
“Clearly inflation is still the main focal point of this market. At this point the expectation is that the Fed is going to pause. However, if those inflationary numbers remain extremely elevated, you could see a shift in outlook.”
The US consumer inflation report for May, due on June 13, ahead of the Fed meeting, will provide investors with more clarity about the health of the world’s largest economy.
The US economy is strong amid robust consumer spending, but some areas are slowing down, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, adding that she expects continued progress in bringing inflation down over the next two years.
The Fed will not raise interest rates for the first time in well over a year at its June 13-14 meeting, according to economists polled by Reuters.
Gold prices are highly sensitive to rising US interest rates, as these increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.
Data from China showed exports shrank much faster than expected in May, hinting of a slowing global economy that could crimp demand for the precious metal, Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco, wrote in a note.
Silver dipped 0.5% to USD 23.47 per ounce, platinum fell 1.2% to USD 1,019.11, while palladium slipped 1.6% to USD 1,391.16.
(Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise, Shilpi Majumdar and Chizu Nomiyama)