Gold prices struggled for momentum on
Wednesday, as investors refrained from making big bets ahead of
U.S. inflation data that is expected to influence the pace of
Federal Reserve rate hikes.
* Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,791.60 per ounce, as
of 0127 GMT. U.S. gold futures were down 0.2% at
* Analysts polled by Reuters expect U.S. annual inflation to
have eased to 8.7% in July from 9.1% in June. Core inflation is
expected at 0.5% month-on-month . The data is due at
* The Fed hiked rates by 75 basis points each in June and
July to rein in soaring inflation. Although gold is seen as a
hedge against inflation, higher U.S. interest rates dull
non-yielding bullion’s appeal.
* Fed funds futures traders are now pricing for a 69.5%
chance of another 75-basis-point rate increase at the U.S.
central bank’s next policy meeting in September.
* The dollar index held firm against its rivals,
making gold less appealing for other currency holders.
* Benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields edged
higher to 2.7883%, increasing the opportunity cost of holding
non-interest bearing gold.
* Japanese wholesale prices rose 8.6% in July from a year
earlier, data showed, slowing from the previous month’s pace in
a sign inflationary pressure from higher fuel and raw material
costs was easing.
* Spot silver eased 0.1% to $20.48 per ounce,
platinum was steady at $933.59, and palladium was
unchanged at $2,215.29.
DATA/EVENTS (GMT, July)
0130 China PPI, CPI YY
0600 Germany HICP Final YY
1230 US CPI MM, SA
1230 US CPI Wage Earner
(Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu