Gold futures on Wednesday extended their decline to a second session in a row, as a surprisingly strong U.S. August inflation print continued to reverberate across markets. Price action
for December delivery fell $8.30, or 0.5%, to settle at $1,709.10 per ounce on Comex after losing 1.3% on Tuesday. That was the lowest finish for a most-active contract since July 20, FactSet data show.
for December edged up by 8 cents, or 0.4%, to $19.569 per ounce following a 1.9% loss a day earlier.
added $61.60, or 2.9%, to $2,172.70 per ounce, while platinum
for October delivery rose $21.70, or 2.5%, to $905.40 per ounce.
fell 4 cents, or 1%, to $3.5195 per pound.
What analysts are saying Gold peaked on Monday before it began its slide this week. Now, it’s trading just above the closely watched $1,700 level.
“Gold traders are also feeling enormous pain due to the strength in the dollar index, which has been increasing mainly due to higher bets on a more aggressive monetary policy,” said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at AvaTrade, in a market update Wednesday. The ICE U.S. Dollar index
was down 0.3% at 109.505 in Wednesday dealings, but has gained 0.5% so far this week. “The path of the least resistance for gold prices is likely to be skewed to the downside, which means we could see the gold price plunging” towards $1,650,” Aslam said. For now, “markets are still digesting the U.S. inflation figure after there was unexpected growth in monthly consumer prices,” wrote Rupert Rowling, a market analyst for Kinesis Money. See: U.S. inflation roars back in August, CPI shows, despite falling gas prices In other news, silver has been exhibiting an interesting technical pattern as of late. “Silver has been under the spotlight in the last few days, showing an interesting signal of recovery. Earlier this week, silver gained in conjunction with the rebound of stock markets and with the retreat of the U.S. dollar, after months of strength,” Rowling wrote. Falling gasoline prices helped deliver a second lower U.S. annual inflation reading in a row as the consumer price index increased by just 0.1% in August, but the report also showed inflation has spread more broadly through the economy and is set to spur the Federal Reserve to sharply raise interest rates again.