In recent Asian trading sessions, gold has witnessed a noticeable uptick, rebounding from its most significant weekly decline since June. This surge is primarily attributed to the global financial community’s anticipation of forthcoming U.S. economic data, which is expected to shed light on the Federal Reserve’s approach to interest rate adjustments. Concurrently, the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to influence market dynamics.
Tuesday’s markets saw a firming of gold prices, correlating with a dip in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields. The spot gold rate rose by 0.6%, reaching $2,038.59 per ounce, while U.S. gold futures also experienced a similar 0.6% increase, settling at $2,052.1. These gains coincided with a 0.4% decrease in the dollar index and a decline in the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields to near-July lows. This environment has heightened investor interest in gold, as lower bond yields and interest rates diminish the opportunity cost of holding this non-interest-bearing asset.
Recent statements by Fed Chair Jerome Powell indicated a potential shift in the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, hinting at discussions about reducing borrowing costs. However, this perspective is not unanimously shared among Fed officials. Despite this, market sentiment is leaning towards a likely interest rate cut, with a 75% probability predicted for March, as per the CME FedWatch tool. Investors and traders are keenly awaiting a suite of U.S. economic reports due this week, particularly the November core personal consumption expenditure index report.
This report is crucial, as it serves as the Fed’s favored gauge of underlying inflation. In addition to gold, other precious metals have also shown positive trends. Spot silver increased by 1.1% to $24.03 per ounce, platinum rose by 1.3% to $957.08, and palladium surged by 3.2% to $1,222.14, marking its seventh consecutive session of gains. Notably, Swiss gold exports saw a decline in November, partly due to reduced shipments to India, according to Swiss customs data.