Gold bounces as dollar weakens, investors watch Ukraine-Russia talks

Author of the article: Gold rose 1% on Thursday, supported by a retreat in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields, with investors cautiously watching developments in peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. Spot gold was up 0.8% to $1,943.30 per ounce by 1:41 p.m. EDT (1741 GMT). U.S. gold futures settled up 1.8% to $1,943.20…
Gold bounces as dollar weakens, investors watch Ukraine-Russia talks

Author of the article:

Gold rose 1% on Thursday, supported by

a retreat in the U.S. dollar and Treasury yields, with investors

cautiously watching developments in peace talks between Russia

and Ukraine.

Spot gold was up 0.8% to $1,943.30 per ounce by 1:41

p.m. EDT (1741 GMT).

U.S. gold futures settled up 1.8% to $1,943.20 per

ounce.

With a weaker dollar and the Ukraine situation still in the

background, people have started piling into gold, said Miguel

Perez-Santalla, head of trading sales and marketing at Heraeus

Metals Management in New York.

Signs of progress in talks to end the war in Ukraine, which

Russia calls “a special military operation,” had helped global

stocks surge this week, but the Kremlin said there was no deal

yet.

The dollar and Treasury yields eased a day after the Federal

Reserve raised its benchmark overnight interest rate by a

quarter of a percentage point, with some investors having priced

in an even stronger rate hike.

While rising U.S. interest rates normally tend to pressure

gold since they increase the opportunity cost of holding the

non-yielding asset, bullion investors seemed to take the Fed

rate hike in stride, given that it was mostly aimed at tackling

soaring inflation.

“If you had to look at one single thing to encourage you

that this bull run has got legs, you’d be looking at ETF

(exchange-traded fund) flows, and that’s really positive,”

independent analyst Ross Norman said.

Holdings of the world’s largest gold-backed ETF, SPDR Gold

Trust, have risen to the highest level since March 2021 at

1,070.53 tonnes.

Palladium rose 4.1% to $2,507.42 per ounce, though it

is down almost $1,000 from its March highs.

With producers not having any issues moving the metal, there

doesn’t seem to be much of a supply shortage like previously

feared, said Edward Meir, analyst with ED&F Man Capital Markets.

Spot silver rose 1% to $25.31 per ounce, while

platinum was up 0.4% to $1,021.95.

(Reporting by Seher Dareen and Bharat Govind Gautam in

Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel and Paul Simao)

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