Gold slides as US dollar, yields rise; palladium hits one-month peak

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First Published21 Jun 2024, 11:02 PM IST
Gold slides as US dollar, yields rise; palladium hits one-month peak
Gold slides as US dollar, yields rise; palladium hits one-month peak


US business activity inches up in June


Silver, platinum head for weekly gains


Dollar scales seven-week high

By Brijesh Patel

June 21 - Gold prices dropped more than 1% on Friday, weighed down by a stronger dollar and higher bond yields after data showed strong U.S. business activity, while auto-catalyst metal palladium jumped as much as 11%.

Spot gold was down 1.6% at $2,320.82 per ounce as of 01:13 p.m. ET . U.S. gold futures slipped 1.5% to $2,333.80.

"We're likely seeing a reaction to the bump in interest rates this morning and the continued strong dollar that is in the aftermath of the data that came out earlier," said Bart Melek, head of commodity strategies at TD Securities.

U.S. business activity crept up to a 26-month high in June amid a rebound in employment. Data on Thursday showed first-time applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell moderately last week.

The dollar rose rose 0.2% to its highest level in more than seven weeks, making gold more expensive for other currency holder, while yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes edged higher after U.S. data.

Traders are currently pricing in a 63% chance of Fed rate cut in September, little changed from late Thursday, according to CME FedWatch Tool. Lower interest rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.

Meanwhile, spot palladium rose as much as 11.2% to $1,027.04 per ounce earlier in the session to hit a one-month high.

"There has been some significant palladium ETF buying recently which has caused a short-term physical shortage and brought the front of the forwards market into backwardation," said Tai Wong, a New York-based independent metals trader.

"That has created some havoc on the EFP market which is thin to begin with and caused a lot of volatility and short-covering. I expect this volatility to continue for a few more days."

Elsewhere, platinum was up 1.7% to $994.91 per ounce, while silver fell 3.7% to $29.57, but both metals were heading for weekly gain.

This article was generated from an automated news agency feed without modifications to text.

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First Published:21 Jun 2024, 11:02 PM IST
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