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Gold prices steady before Fed meeting; copper rallies higher

Published 03/15/2024, 01:43 AM
Updated 03/15/2024, 01:43 AM
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Investing.com-- Gold prices moved little in Asian trade on Friday as stronger-than-expected inflation data spurred more fears that the Federal Reserve will signal higher-for-longer interest rates at an upcoming meeting. 

But this sentiment did little to deter a rally in copper prices, which surged to new 11-month highs on Friday as expectations of substantially tighter Chinese supplies spurred heavy buying in the red metal. 

Bullion prices, on the other hand, were pressured by a stronger dollar. The greenback rose to an over one-week high after strong inflation readings this week, while traders also positioned for an upcoming Fed meeting

Spot gold rose 0.1% to 2,163.98 an ounce, while gold futures expiring in April steadied at $2,168.05 an ounce by 01:17 ET (05:17 GMT). 

Gold nurses tumble from record high as Fed meeting approaches 

Gold prices were set for weekly losses after falling sharply from record highs hit on Monday.

Pressure on the yellow metal came chiefly from growing angst over a Fed meeting next week, especially as consumer and producer inflation signals read stronger than expected for a third straight month.

Sticky inflation saw traders grow fearful of any hawkish signals from the Fed, especially as the central bank signaled that its plans for interest rate cuts in 2024 will be largely dictated by the path of inflation. Higher-for-longer rates bode poorly for gold and other non-yielding assets.

Still, ANZ analysts said in a recent note that while gold may see some weakness in the near-term, the yellow metal still had a slew of factors working in its favor for the rest of the year. They also hiked their 2024 target price for gold to $2,300 an ounce from $2,200 an ounce. 

Other precious metals rose on Friday and were set to outperform gold for the week. Platinum futures rose 0.2% to $932.50 an ounce, while silver futures rose 0.6% to $25.212 an ounce.

Copper prices rally to 11-mth highs on China supply shortage

Three-month copper futures on the London Metal Exchange surged 1.5% on Friday and crossed the $9,000 a ton level for the first time since April 2023. One-month U.S. copper futures jumped 1.3% to $4.1022 a pound- a 11-month high.

Both contracts were set to add over 5% this week- their best weekly gain so far in 2024. 

Copper’s rally was triggered chiefly by media reports stating that major Chinese copper smelters were planning to carry out joint production cuts, limiting the supply of refined copper.

Citi analysts said that the copper rally still had legs, and that they were overweight on copper with a potential upside of up to $9,500 a ton by June 2024.

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