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Gold hits 2-1/2-year low weighed down by sturdy dollar, Fed rate hike

Gold prices fell to a new 2-1/2-year low on Monday, weighed down by a sturdy dollar and prospects of further interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve to bring down inflation.

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Gold and SIlver price today
Gold and SIlver price today

(Reuters) - Gold prices fell to a new 2-1/2-year low on Monday, weighed down by a sturdy dollar and prospects of further interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve to bring down inflation.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold was down 0.3% at $1,638.59 per ounce, as of 0053 GMT, after hitting its lowest level since April 2020 earlier in the session.

* U.S. gold futures fell 0.6% to $1,645.8.

* The dollar index scaled a fresh peak since 2002 buoyed by a hawkish Fed, making the greenback-priced bullion more expensive for buyers holding other currencies. [USD/]

* Higher interest rates dull bullion's appeal since the metal yields no interest. Gold prices have fallen more than 20% since scaling above the key $2,000 per-ounce mark in March.

* Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said on Sunday he still believes the U.S. central bank can tame inflation without substantial job losses given the economy's continued momentum.

* A downturn in business activity across the euro zone deepened in September, according to a survey which showed the was likely entering a recession as consumers rein in spending amid a cost of living crisis.

* Gold premiums in top consumer China climbed last week, helped by strong demand for bullion, while prices in India traded at a discount for the first time in four weeks due to an uptick in domestic rates.

* Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.31% to 947.23 tonnes on Friday.

* Spot silver fell 0.8% to $18.68 per ounce, platinum rose 0.7% to $860.13, and palladium gained 0.4% to $2,076.10.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT)

0800 Germany Ifo Business Climate New Sep

0800 Germany Ifo Curr Conditions New Sep

0800 Germany Ifo Expectations New Sep

0535 Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda to deliver

speech, meet business leaders in Osaka

1300 Introductory statement by ECB President Christine

Lagarde at the hearing before the Committee on Economic and

Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament in Brussels

 

(Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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First Published: Mon, September 26 2022. 08:37 IST

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