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Gold slips as dollar firms, Fed rate hike jitters persist

August 30, 2022By Reuters

Aug 30 (Reuters) – Gold slipped on Tuesday as the dollar strengthened, while prospects of elevated US interest rates for a longer period also weighed on the non-yielding bullion’s appeal.

Spot gold fell 0.2% to USD 1,734.59 per ounce by 0400 GMT, having hit a one-month low of USD 1,719.56 in the previous session.

US gold futuresĀ dipped 0.1% to USD 1,747.60.

The dollar index rose 0.1%, after easing off a two-decade peak hit on Monday.

Gold will continue to be driven by sentiment in the dollar in the short term, said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management.

“The market’s in a wait-and-see mode to see how the economic data plays out and if it starts to get bad in the US I think that’s going to encourage the gold bulls to come back into the fray again,” Innes added.

At the Jackson Hole central banking conference in Wyoming the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank struck a hawkish note, pledging all efforts to tame stubbornly high inflation even if growth takes a hit.

While gold is considered a safe bet during economic uncertainty, interest-rate hikes increase the opportunity cost of holding the bullion.

Markets are now largely pricing in a 75-basis-point rate hike at the Fed’s September meeting.

Indicative of investor sentiment, holdings in SPDR Gold Trust GLD, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.4% to 980.61 tonnes on Monday.

Spot gold may retest a resistance at USD 1,742 per ounce, a break above which could lead to a gain into a USD 1,748-USD 1,755 range, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

Spot silver fell 0.4% to USD 18.66 per ounce, platinum shed 0.8% to USD 857.35 and palladium rose 0.3% to USD 2,152.14.

(Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Uttaresh.V)


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