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Gold up as dollar dips and Fed's Powell calms rate-hike fear

  • The softer dollar, down 0.1pc, reduced gold's cost for holders of other currencies. Markets broadly shrugged off U.S. PMI data showing factory activity at a record high in June.
23 Jun 2021

Gold prices rose on Wednesday, up further from the seven-week lows hit late last week, lifted as the U.S. dollar weakened a day after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said inflation would not be the only determinant of interest rate decisions.

Spot gold rose 0.4pc to $1,785.32 per ounce by 12:34 pm EDT (1634 GMT) and U.S. gold futures were up 0.5pc to $1,786.60.

Powell's words on Tuesday calmed investors who had worried about policy tightening following last week's hawkish turn by the Fed.

The softer dollar, down 0.1pc, reduced gold's cost for holders of other currencies. Markets broadly shrugged off U.S. PMI data showing factory activity at a record high in June.

Still, the precious metal has failed to claw back all of last week's 6pc drop on fears of higher interest rates that would raise the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.

But David Meger, director of metals trading at High Ridge Futures, said it was not a foregone conclusion the Fed would move to raise interest rates or reduce asset purchases as quickly as last week's meeting suggested.

"We're clearly trading in a very accommodative environment that will underpin gold prices (and) overall it's still too early to start making mention of reduction in asset purchases and increases in interest rates," Meger said.

Technicals were supportive too, Quantitative Commodity Research analyst Peter Fertig said, noting gold appeared to have bottomed out from last week's selloff.

While the gold market's pricing for Fed hikes could prove too hawkish, the underlying inflation trends will likely remain distorted for months, inhibiting positive flows into gold for now, TD Securities analysts said in a note.

Elsewhere, silver rose 1.3pc to $26.08 per ounce and palladium climbed 2.8pc to $2,629.45. Platinum was up 1.1pc to $1,091.08.

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