Guldprisen steg svagt torsdag under handelen i Asien til 1770,33 pr. ounce. Årsagen var en svækkelse af den 10-årige amerikanske T-bond samt usikkerhed i forbindelse med et mere anspændt amerikansk-kinesiske forhold. Nogle tror dog, at guldprisen ikke fortsætter opad, fordi dollaren betragtes som mere sikker end guld.
Gold prices climb as yields retreat with U.S. jobs report in focus
Gold prices edged higher on Thursday, supported by a pullback in the U.S. Treasury yields, while cautious investors awaited key U.S. non-farm payrolls report due this week for more cues on the Federal Reserve’s rate-hike stance.
Spot gold was up 0.3% at $1,770.33 per ounce, as of 0434 GMT. U.S. gold futures rose 0.6% to $1,787.10.
Benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields slipped from their highest levels in more than one week, reducing the opportunity cost of holding non-interest-bearing gold.
“Most of the investors are on the sidelines because there are tensions brewing between U.S. and China, so people are not sure what is going to happen,” said Brian Lan, managing director at dealer GoldSilver Central.
“Furthermore, there is also another area that people are thinking that if interest rates are going up, probably holding the dollar might make more sense than holding gold. So I expect gold prices to be range-bound in the near term.”
Limiting gold’s advance, the dollar hovered near its highest this week after hawkish comments from Fed officials.
Fed policymakers this week signaled that the central bank remains resolute in getting U.S. rates up to a level that will more significantly curb economic activity and put a dent in the highest inflation rate since the 1980s.
Rising U.S. interest rates dull non-yielding gold’s appeal.
After a couple of strong economic readings this week, focus now shifts to U.S. jobs data due on Friday that could offer more clarity on Fed’s aggressive tightening to fight stubborn inflation.
Indicative of sentiment, holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell to their lowest since mid-Jan at 1,000.65 tonnes on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday, adding that Chinese anger cannot stop world leaders from travelling to the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.
Spot silver eased 0.1% to $20.01 per ounce, platinum was down 0.3% at $895.48, and palladium was steady at $2,018.08.