Gold treads water as high yields weigh, Powell talk in focus

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Gold treads water as high yields weigh, Powell talk in focus
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By Ambar Warrick -- Gold prices steadied at a near one-month low on Tuesday amid continued pressure from strength in the dollar and Treasury yields, with focus now turning to economic cues from a talk by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell later in the day.

The yellow metal had a muted session on Monday after suffering its worst weekly decline in seven months, as stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data saw markets broadly shift their expectations for interest rate hikes by the Fed.

A recovery in the dollar and Treasury yields pressured most non-yielding assets, with gold - which marked a strong run over the past three months - bearing the brunt of selling pressure.

Spot gold was flat at $1,868.49 an ounce, while gold futures rose 0.1% to $1,881.20 an ounce by 19:00 ET (00:00 GMT). Both instruments plummeted over 3% last week.

Focus now turns to a discussion with Fed Chair Jerome Powell at the Economic Club of Washington D.C. later in the day. Any comments on inflation and monetary policy will be closely watched, following Friday’s much hotter-than-expected nonfarm payrolls reading.

The Fed had last week raised interest rates as expected and signaled that it will keep doing so in the near-term, as it continues to move against inflation. While U.S. inflation has eased substantially in recent months, it is still well above the central bank’s annual target.

The strong nonfarm payrolls data also saw markets toning down their expectations for a dovish pivot by the Fed this year, amid concerns that a strong jobs market will keep inflation elevated.

Other precious metals advanced slightly on Tuesday. Platinum futures rose 0.2% to $979.95 an ounce, while silver futures rose 0.3% to $22.310 an ounce.

Among industrial metals, copper prices rose slightly after tumbling over the past five sessions. The red metal has given up a bulk of recent gains, and is now close to dropping below the key $4 a pound level amid uncertainty over an economic recovery in major importer China.

High-grade copper futures rose 0.2% to $4.0442 a pound.

Fears of a global recession have also weighed heavily on the industrial metal, especially as interest rates keep rising and inflation remains relatively elevated.

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  • Naison Arnold @Naison Arnold
    so is gold still going to rise up
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