Gold prices faced a decline of 0.1% to reach $1,932.28 per ounce by 0757 GMT, with U.S. gold futures trading 0.1% lower at $1,967.60. The precious metal has experienced a decrease of more than 1.3% throughout the week, reaching lows last seen on July 11. The decline in gold prices comes as long-term U.S. Treasury yields climbed to their highest level since November, fueled by positive employment and economic data that indicated easing inflation.
The resilience of the U.S. economy has sparked growing expectations that the Federal Reserve will continue its trend of raising interest rates. This prospect has put additional pressure on gold, a non-interest-bearing asset. Vandana Bharti, Assistant Vice-President of Commodity Research at SMC Global Securities, pointed out that the strengthening U.S. economy has led to such expectations.
Market participants are closely watching the upcoming Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) data due at 1230 GMT to gain further insights into the strength of the U.S. economy. Tim Waterer, Chief Market Analyst at KCM Trade, emphasized that for gold to gain momentum, the U.S. dollar’s reaction to the NFP figures will be crucial.
However, in the meantime, gold is trading within a tight range with limited catalysts, as it loses out on relative yield attractiveness compared to other assets amid rising bond yields. As borrowing costs remain high, the Bank of England issued a warning that they are likely to persist for some time, further affecting the precious metal’s appeal.
On a technical basis, Kelvin Wong, Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific at OANDA, identified a key near-term support level for gold at $1,925. A fall below this level could expose the metal to its 200-day moving average at $1,895.
In the broader metals market, spot silver declined 0.3% to reach $23.49 per ounce, and platinum remained nearly flat at $914.52. Both metals were facing their third consecutive weekly losses. Palladium, on the other hand, dropped 0.7% to $1,250.23 but was set for a small weekly gain.
Investors are closely monitoring global economic indicators, interest rate policies, and the dollar’s performance as they navigate the uncertainties surrounding the precious metals market. The outcome of the NFP data will likely provide further direction for gold prices and other metals in the coming sessions.