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Gold has 4th weekly loss, after tumble to 5-month low

Published 08/18/2023, 12:32 AM
Updated 08/18/2023, 03:59 PM -- The conviction that gold has found a secure home at above $1,900 is being challenged by lower monthly milestones in the yellow metal’s price. And a fourth weekly loss.

Gold futures’ most-active December contract on New York’s Comex settled at $1,916.50 per ounce, up $1.30, or 0.01%, on the day. For the week though, it lost just over $30, or 1.5%.

Spot gold, which tracks real-time physical dealings in bullion and is more closely followed than futures by some gold traders, was below $1,890 for a second day in New York’s late afternoon trade. By 15:45 ET (19:45 GMT), spot gold was at $1,888.38, down 99 cents, or 0.01% on the day.

With the spot price of bullion already in $1,800 territory, it’s not certain how much longer those long gold futures can hang to the $1,900 ropes, say analysts. Since the start of this week, the rally in the dollar had become overbearing for gold.

“Spot gold has fallen below the $1900 level, but momentum selling has slowed,” Ed Moya, analyst at online trading platform OANDA, said, noting that “gold traders are also fixating over the $1,900 level for gold futures.”

Dollar continues climb, hurting gold

The dollar was set for a 0.5% gain on the week, as strong U.S. economic readings and hawkish signals from the minutes of the Fed’s July meeting pushed up bets that U.S. rates will remain higher for longer.

While the Fed has flagged only one more hike this year, the prospect of higher-for-longer U.S. rates bodes poorly for gold markets, given that it pushes up the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets. This trade had battered gold through 2022, and has so far limited any major gains in the yellow metal this year. 

Anticipation of more monetary policy and economic cues from the Jackson Hole Symposium next week also kept positioning skewed largely towards the dollar, and kept investors wary of metal markets. 

Gold was also pressured by a spike in U.S. Treasury yields, with the 10-year rate surging to levels last seen during the 2008 financial crisis. 

(Additional reporting by Ambar Warrick in Singapore)

Latest comments

Prices will jump! Dollar Index is on his resistence, it will start falling  these days. Just keep waiting.
toomuch misinformation and less information, hence investors have non clue what is moving the markets
Not to worry Bugs: Gold probably has strong support at $1,000.(But no guarantees.)
Excessive pumping of gold on this site makes disservice to wannabe investors, aka novices.
for once we agree..
Anybody seen Chad Richer Than You? The guy who bragged about going long gold on the day of this year's high! He wouldn't still be lurking with another screen name, would he?
indeed, he's been very quiet lately, after preaching in here daily, getting just about everything wrong.. surely another or multiple screen names, as is how these rightwing/russiant(rolls) operate...
I am wondering from who think that the gold will fall down qith the inflation all over the world it is just amtter of time and gold price will be more than 2000 and will not come down again
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