Metals Stocks: Gold ends higher but falls for the week, a day after settling at a more than 2-year low

by | Sep 16, 2022 | Stock Market

Gold futures climbed on Friday, after a report on U.S. consumer sentiment showed that inflation expectations have slowed, but prices ended the week with a nearly 3% loss, a day after settling at their lowest in over two years.Price action
Gold for December delivery
GC00,
+0.42%

GCZ22,
+0.42%
rose $6.20, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,683.50 an ounce on Comex, for a weekly decline of 2.6%.

December silver
SIZ22,
+1.43%
added 11 cents, or 0.6%, to $19.381 an ounce, settling 3.3% higher for the week.

In other metals trade, October platinum
PLV22,
+0.18%
fell 0.3% to $901 an ounce, but gained nearly 2.8% for the week, while December palladium
PAZ22,
-1.38%
shed 1.6% to $2,112.70 an ounce to post a weekly loss of about 3%.

December copper
HGV22,
+1.05%
added 0.8% at $3.5165 a pound, down 1.4% for the week.

Market drivers Gold was under pressure this week, though pared some of those losses on Friday, after a hotter-than-expected reading of the U.S. August consumer-price index reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve will raise its fed-funds rate by at least another 75 basis points when it meets next week.

“The monetary tightening represents a cloud over gold that has begun to weigh on prices, having fallen somewhat steadily since April of this year, despite ongoing risk,” said Christopher Louney, analyst at RBC Capital Markets, in a note. “It would clearly take a big risk off event to change the tide,” he wrote. “The fact that gold has not really performed incrementally well even when equities have sold off recently (rolling correlation has even risen) tells us that the perceived haven role is not driving gold at the moment.” While gold is often described as an inflation hedge, the aggressive tightening by the Fed has served to send the U.S. dollar surging versus major rivals, with a dollar index
DXY,
+0.00%,
trading near a 20-year high, while Treasury yields have jumped. A stronger dollar is seen as a negative for commodities priced in the unit, making them more expensive to users of other currencies. Higher bond yields are also a headwind, raising the opportunity cost of holding nonyielding assets. Gold prices on Friday, however, moved higher shortly after a report from the University of Michigan showed that U.S. consumer sentiment rose to 59.5 in September and hit a five-month high. It also revealed that inflation expectations have slowed a bit in the past few months. The economic numbers “confirmed that the Fed cant be extra hawkish as that will completely kill the recovery,” Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at AvaTrade, told MarketWatch. There were also some “bargain hunters stepping into the market as prices are way too cheap.” See also: Silver is outperforming gold this month, and that’s just the start‘Shades’ of the 2013 gold crash On Thursday, gold futures fell 1.9% to settle at $1,677.30, their lowest finish since April 2020 and biggest one-day percentage loss since July 5. Adrian Ash, director of research at BullionVault, told MarketWatch that he saw “shades of the 2013 gold crash” in thi …

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