Gold rises for third day on softer greenback; rate-hike fears linger

Gold edged up for a 3rd session on Wednesday because the greenback pulled again, though fears of extra US rate of interest hikes on the again of stubbornly excessive inflation stored a lid on costs.

Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,829.37 per ounce, as of 0315 GMT. US gold futures eased 0.1% to $1,835.30.

“Gold is oversold over the near-term, having discovered help at its 200-day exponential transferring common and the US greenback is due a pullback in opposition to February’s features,” mentioned Matt Simpson, a senior market analyst at Metropolis Index.

“Subsequent cease for gold might be the $1,850-$1,860 space, at which level we’ll be looking out for one more prime.”

The yellow metallic marked its worst month since June 2021 in February after a string of US information pointed to a resilient economic system and a good labour market, stoking fears that the US Federal Reserve would ship extra rate of interest hikes to curb inflation.

Excessive rates of interest dampen gold’s attraction as an inflation hedge whereas elevating the chance price of holding the non-yielding asset. Cash markets count on the US central financial institution’s goal price to peak at 5.420% in September, from a present vary of 4.50% to 4.75%.

Probabilities of price cuts this 12 months have been largely priced out.

US client confidence unexpectedly fell in February, with the lower concentrated amongst lower-middle-income households, a survey confirmed on Tuesday.

Gold worth drops practically 8% since February 1

The greenback index ticked 0.1% decrease, making bullion extra reasonably priced for consumers holding different currencies.

In the meantime, official information on Wednesday confirmed prime bullion client China’s manufacturing exercise had expanded because the quickest tempo in additional than a decade in February, smashing expectations as manufacturing zoomed after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions late final 12 months.

Spot silver added 0.7% to $21.06 per ounce, platinum rose 0.3% to $954.75 and palladium gained 1.3% to $1,434.86.