July 19 (Reuters) – Gold edged lower on Tuesday as an uptick in the US dollar and bond yields weighed on bullion’s appeal, with investors awaiting more cues on the Federal Reserve’s rate-hike path.
* Spot gold was down 0.2% to USD 1,706.25 per ounce by 0103 GMT. US gold futures fell 0.3% to USD 1,705.30.
* The dollar was up 0.1% against its rivals, making greenback-priced bullion more expensive for buyers holding other currencies.
* US Treasury yields rose as upbeat economic data released last week and a quiet period from the Federal Reserve set the stage for risk taking.
* Expectations for a 100-basis-point rate hike by the Fed at its policy meeting next week stood at about 31%, according to CME’s FedWatch Tool after reaching as high as 80% last week.
* On Friday, Fed officials signalled they would likely stick with a 75-basis-point interest rate increase at their upcoming policy meeting, though a recent high inflation reading could still warrant larger increases than anticipated later in the year.
* Although gold is seen as an inflation hedge, higher interest rates and bond yields raise the opportunity cost of holding bullion, which yields no interest.
* Data showed US home builder sentiment plummeted in July to its lowest level since the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, as high inflation and the steepest borrowing costs in more than a decade brought customer traffic to a near standstill.
* SPDR Gold Trust GLD, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.5% to 1,009.06 tonnes on Monday from 1,014.28 tonnes on Friday.
* Spot silver eased 0.1% to USD 18.66 per ounce, platinum slipped 0.2% to USD 860.88, and palladium climbed 0.6% to USD 1,865.83.
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(Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)