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Gold holds steady as markets eye outcome of Fed meet
· Gold prices inched up on Wednesday on a weaker dollar, with investors awaiting the outcome of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting for details of the U.S. central bank's plans to balance interest rates against its inflation target.
· Spot gold was up 0.2% at $1,959.38 per ounce by 0645 GMT. US gold futures edged up 0.1% to $1,968.20. Offering support to gold, the dollar index remained subdued against its rivals.
· "People are keeping on the sidelines because of the Fed announcement coming up later today," said Brian Lan, managing director at dealer GoldSilver Central in Singapore.
· "People are awaiting for more clarity on what monetary tools the Fed is expected to use to support inflation above 2%."
· The Fed decision is due at 1800 GMT, followed by a news conference by Chairman Jerome Powell half an hour later.
· The US central bank last month adopted a more accommodative approach to inflation and pledged to keep interest rates low for longer.
· "Markets will want to see if the Fed will modify its language as some expect, perhaps something to the effect that it will keep rates low for a period of time (say three years) or maybe do the same thing with its inflation language," said Edward Meir, an analyst at ED&F Man Capital Markets, in a note.
· "But, we doubt the Fed will lock itself into such a fixed language ahead of a potential turn in the U.S. economy."
· Lower US interest rates put pressure on the dollar and bond yields, increasing the appeal of non-yielding bullion.
· Gold also is used as a hedge against inflation and currency debasement. US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats were open to delaying an October recess to get a deal with Republicans on a new coronavirus aid bill.
· Gold Price Analysis: XAU/USD wobbles above $1,950 as pre-Fed caution sneaks in
Gold keeps Tuesday’s pullback from the early-September high while taking rounds to $1,954/55 during the initial hours of Wednesday’s Asian session. The yellow metal earlier cheered the improved market sentiment but stepped back on the US dollar strength. Also weighing on the bullion could be the cautious mood of traders ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.
Failures to cross a one-month-old falling trend line, currently around $1,967, drag gold to a one-week-old support line near $1,951. Also likely to challenge the metal sellers could be 21-day and 50-day SMA levels near $1,944 and $1,929 respectively. Meanwhile, the monthly top close to $1,992, followed by the $2,000 threshold can lure the bulls beyond $1,967.
· Elsewhere, silver rose 0.1% to $27.26 per ounce, while platinum dropped 0.6% to $971.96 and palladium slipped 1.5% to $2,373.76.
Reference: Reuters, FXStreet