Gold trimmed gains made during a six-day winning streak as investors mulled Federal Reserve minutes that showed policy makers wanted a more solid economic recovery before setting a timeline for trimming bond purchases.
Notes from the Fed’s June meeting indicated officials weren’t ready to schedule the withdrawal of the bank’s massive bond-buying program, given uncertainties around the economic outlook. But they also acknowledged the need to plan for stimulus tapering.
While the report helped gold notch a close above $1 800 an ounce on Wednesday, the precious metal again retreated below that level on Thursday as the dollar strengthened. The minutes reiterated the possibility for stimulus to be pared back sooner than anticipated.
There was “no big surprise” in the Fed minutes and gold’s upward move wasn’t particularly strong, Huatai Futures wrote in a website note. Precious metals were going to stay volatile in the short term as investors weigh the path for US monetary policy and inflation, the brokerage said.
Bullion has enjoyed a decent start to July after fears of a more hawkish Fed helped fuel the metal’s worst monthly performance since 2016 in June. But it’s still lower than where it started 2021 as investors bet an end to pandemic-era stimulus measures draws closer.
Spot gold was down 0.4% at $1 797.29 an ounce at 7:43 a.m. London time. Platinum dropped 0.9%, while silver and palladium also fell.
While lower US treasury yields and worries over the rise in new virus cases due to the more virulent Delta variant are keeping gold prices steady near $1 800, a strong dollar and optimistic global economic sentiment continue to dampen its safe haven appeal, said Hareesh V., research head for commodities at Geojit Financial Services.