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Gold retreats from 3-week peak as dollar gains ground

Published Tue, Oct 4, 2022 · 10:33 AM

GOLD prices edged lower on Tuesday (Oct 4), having touched a nearly three-week high earlier in the session, as a firmer dollar dimmed the appeal of greenback-priced bullion and countered support from lower US Treasury yields.

Spot gold was down 0.2 per cent at US$1,696.04 per ounce, as of 0135 GMT, having touched its highest since Sep 14 at US$1,702.39 earlier in the day.

US gold futures rose 0.2 per cent to US$1,705.7.

The dollar index edged up 0.1 per cent, after hitting its lowest level since Sep 23 overnight.

Benchmark US 10-year Treasury yields held close to a 1-1/2-week low touched on Monday.

US manufacturing activity grew at its slowest pace in nearly 2-1/2 years in September as new orders contracted amid aggressive interest rate increases from the Federal Reserve to cool demand and tame inflation.

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Federal Reserve Bank of New York president John Williams said on Monday that while there have been nascent signs of cooling inflation, underlying price pressures remain too high, which means the US central bank must press forward to get inflation under control.

Although gold is seen as a hedge against inflation, higher interest rates increase the opportunity cost of holding bullion that pays no interest.

India has raised total import duty on platinum to 15.4 per cent from 10.75 per cent, the government said in a notification on Monday, seeking to bring parity in import duty structure between gold and platinum.

Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.34 per cent to 942.89 tonnes on Monday from 939.70 tonnes on Friday.

Spot silver dipped 0.5 per cent to US$20.64 per ounce, platinum dropped 0.3 per cent to US$899.50 and palladium was up 0.7 per cent at US$2,236.84. REUTERS

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