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Minor increase in gold price amid inflation anticipation

Minor increase in gold price amid inflation anticipation

Gold Price Increase

The price of gold saw a minor increase during Asian trading on Monday, following last week’s losses. This rebound occurs as traders anticipate a U.S. inflation report due later this week. Trading volumes remain low due to holidays in the UK and US. The unease over potential U.S. interest rate changes has caused some hesitation among substantial investments.

Gold’s stability in the market is swayed by U.S. economic markers and geopolitical tensions. Traditionally, the likelihood of a rate increase has put pressure on gold as it doesn’t earn interest. Thus, higher interest rates can threaten its investment appeal. However, gold’s reputation as a safe investment during economic instability may balance this threat. Future trade trends will give more information on the durability of gold’s market standing under different economic conditions.

Meanwhile, the reaction of industrial metals has varied. Copper prices climbed, recovering from their low point last week.

Gold price nudges up amidst inflation fears

Gold also increased by 0.4% to reach $2,343.23 per ounce. Silver prices, however, slipped down by 0.6%, resulting in a price of $27.56 an ounce. Other metals such as aluminium, platinum, and palladium showed mixed reactions, highlighting the diverse and complex nature of the metals market influenced by several factors like global industrial conditions, varying currencies, supply chain disruptions and investment trends.

This week, the market’s attention is significantly on the PCE test, the Federal Reserve’s go-to measurement of inflation. The results are expected on Friday and may show some persistent inflation which traders have already expected and dismissed projections of rate cuts this year. In the full view of these factors, investors are on alert for any indication of constant inflation exceeding the Federal Reserve’s 2% target.

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Moreover, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, has repeatedly confirmed their dedication to a flexible monetary policy until there is considerable economic recovery. He stressed the importance of patience, warning that tightening monetary policy prematurely might endanger the recovery process. This past Monday, the prices of precious metals such as silver and platinum increased, in contrast with gold’s falling demand, showing a renewed interest in other valuable metals.

Copper prices remained steady despite last week’s sharp drop, seeing a 0.3% increase. The market’s focus now turns to the tightness of physical copper markets and potential steady supply in future months. Tight supply signs are starting to show, with stocks in Comex warehouses falling for eight consecutive days last week. Overall, expectations of future copper demands are high, largely regarding China’s economic policies and copper stock levels as guiding factors.

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