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Gold little changed as markets await U.S. Fed meeting

06/14/2021 | 09:02pm EDT

June 15 (Reuters) - Gold prices steadied on Tuesday, after falling to a near one-month low in the previous session, as investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting for further clarity on rising inflation and monetary policy going forward.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold was flat at $1,866.15 per ounce, as of 0052 GMT, after falling to its lowest since May 17 at $1,843.99 on Monday.

* U.S. gold futures edged 0.1% to $1,868.40 per ounce.

* The dollar hovered below a one-month high versus major peers, making gold less appealing for holders of other currencies.

* Benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields slipped below 1.50% to hover near a three-month low. Lower bond yields reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-interest bearing gold.

* Investors now await the Wednesday outcome of the Fed's two-day policy meeting. Nearly 60% of economists in a Reuters poll said a much-anticipated taper announcement will come in the next quarter, despite a patchy recovery in the job market.

* Recent data showing a spike in U.S. consumer prices has benefited gold as it is seen as a hedge against inflation. But, rising inflation concerns could also force policymakers into an earlier tapering of currency-depreciating stimulus.

* For the second time in less than a decade, the Fed is getting ready to launch a thorny debate over how and when to sunset a massive asset-purchase program that helped cushion an economy battered by the crisis.

* Silver rose 0.1% to $27.85 per ounce, palladium was steady at $2,751.68, while platinum gained 0.2% to $1,166.93.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT) 0600 Germany HICP Final YY May 0600 UK ILO Unemployment Rate April 0645 France CPI (EU Norm) Final MM, YY May 1230 US Retail Sales MM May 1315 US Industrial Production MM May (Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)


© Reuters 2021
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (AUD/USD) 0.03% 0.73557 Delayed Quote.-4.07%
BRITISH POUND / US DOLLAR (GBP/USD) 0.08% 1.37484 Delayed Quote.0.53%
CANADIAN DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (CAD/USD) -0.05% 0.79515 Delayed Quote.1.36%
EURO / US DOLLAR (EUR/USD) -0.04% 1.17708 Delayed Quote.-3.65%
GOLD -0.03% 1804.8 Delayed Quote.-5.09%
INDIAN RUPEE / US DOLLAR (INR/USD) -0.04% 0.013435 Delayed Quote.-1.83%
NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (NZD/USD) 0.20% 0.6971 Delayed Quote.-2.91%
SILVER 0.04% 25.283 Delayed Quote.-4.46%
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