Gold Reaches Record High Before Key U.S. Inflation Data Release

Investors Anticipate Impact on Federal Reserve's Monetary Policy Direction

Apr 9, 2024 - 22:19
Apr 9, 2024 - 22:19
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Gold Reaches Record High Before Key U.S. Inflation Data Release
Gold Reaches Record High Before Key U.S. Inflation Data Release

Gold prices have reached unprecedented levels as investors await the release of pivotal U.S. inflation data, expected to influence the Federal Reserve's approach to interest rates. Despite closing at $2,352.78 per ounce in the previous session, the precious metal remains relatively stable. Ahead of Wednesday's consumer price index (CPI) report, bond traders exhibit growing concern, while economists surveyed by Bloomberg predict a moderation in price pressures. This potential easing may bolster gold, which offers no yield.

Since mid-February, gold has surged by over 18%, a trend that puzzles some observers amidst reduced expectations for interest rate cuts, driven by robust U.S. economic indicators. Currently, swaps traders anticipate approximately 65 basis points of rate cuts by year-end, a figure lower than the central bank's previous forecast.

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic recently reaffirmed his projection for one interest-rate cut this year, although he remains open to adjusting his stance based on evolving economic conditions.

Despite these factors, geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine, alongside central bank acquisitions, continue to underpin bullish sentiment for gold.

As of 9:05 a.m. in Singapore, spot gold remains steady at $2,349.06 per ounce, with minimal movement observed in the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index. Conversely, silver, platinum, and palladium prices have experienced declines.

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