PRECIOUS-Gold eases as firmer U.S. Treasury yields weigh

Category: Economy

Date: 2021-02-25T07:33:43+0000
PRECIOUS-Gold eases as firmer U.S. Treasury yields weigh

Shafaq News/ Gold prices edged lower on Thursday as higher U.S. Treasury yields dented the metal's appeal.

Spot gold fell 0.4% to $1,797.73 per ounce by 0540 GMT.

U.S. gold futures gained 0.1% to $1,795.50.

U.S. central bank's promise to get the economy back to full employment, and to not worry about inflation unless prices begin rising in a persistent and troubling way.

Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields hovered near a one-year peak hit in the previous session. Higher yields increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.

The dollar languished near three-year lows versus riskier currencies.

Central bankers worldwide have been unequivocal that there are no plans to cut back on money-printing any time soon, or raise interest rates, but markets do not seem to be buying it.

The first big real-world study of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be independently reviewed shows the shot is highly effective at preventing COVID-19, in a potentially landmark moment for countries desperate to end lockdowns and reopen economies

Sales of new U.S. single-family homes increased more than expected in January, boosted by historically low mortgage rates and an acute shortage of previously owned houses on the market

SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.4% to 1,106.36 tons on Wednesday from 1,110.44 tons on Tuesday.

Silver slipped 0.2% to $28.04 an ounce. Platinum fell 0.7% to $1,259.5, while palladium eased 0.1% to 2444.50$

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