Gold flat as easing Ukraine tensions offset weaker yields


Shafaq News/ Gold was flat on Wednesday after hitting an eight-month high in volatile trade last session, as easing Russia-Ukraine tensions countered support from weaker bond yields.

Spot gold was little changed at $1,853.53 per ounce, as of 0605 GMT. U.S. gold futures were steady at $1,856.00.

Gold prices touched their highest level since June last year on Tuesday, before reversing course to close almost 1% lower.

Asian shares rallied, as fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine this week dissipated after Moscow indicated it was returning some troops to base from exercises.

Looking ahead, the more fungible dollar is the preferred safe haven to gold among core investors and could fall on any further de-escalation in the Ukraine crisis, prompting a rally in gold and vice-versa, said Michael Langford, director at corporate advisory AirGuide.

A dip in U.S. Treasury yields decreased the opportunity cost of holding non-interest-paying bullion and kept the metal supported.

Spot gold may drop further into a range of $1,829-$1,841 per ounce, following its failure to break a resistance zone of $1,872-$1,879, Wang Tao, technical analyst at Reuters, said.

The U.S. Federal Reserve will kick off its tightening cycle in March with a 25 basis-point interest rate hike, a Reuters poll found, but a growing minority says it will opt for a more aggressive half-point move to tamp down inflation.

"Besides weekly momentum indicators and buying the 'dip' indicating that the path of least resistance is higher, most traders do expect higher volatility to be a main-stay of gold markets going forth as rumours and market whispers increase," Phillip Futures analyst Avtar Sandu said in a note.

Among other precious metals, spot silver rose 0.3% to $23.40 per ounce, platinum was flat at $1,025.43, while palladium climbed 1.5% to $2,280.51.

Source: Reuters

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