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Gold saw a mixed reaction in the aftermath of Thursday morning’s U.S. economic data – moving up, then tapping lows under $1,947 before edging up once again.
Gold futures headed lower Thursday as commodity investors reacted to the monetary policy statement from the Federal Reserve which indicated it intends to keep key interest rates near zero through 2023.
Though that scenario might prove bullish for gold with the very long term, several professionals said that investors might be selling gold because the moves by the Fed were not much more demonstrably dovish by providing fresh policy measures, deflating several of the passion for owning bullion over the near term.
“The yellow-colored metal rallied into the Fed meeting and those positions easily unwound as it started to be apparent that the bazooka was not making an appearance,” wrote Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda. “The Fed most likely lived up to the lower end of expectations but all that gets you is actually a proper serving of profit taking,” he wrote.
On Wednesday, the U.S. central bank signaled it plans to have a vital U.S. short term interest rate near zero at minimum over the conclusion of 2023 to assist the economy recover from the coronavirus. The Fed’s forecasts for 2023, released for the very first time, also show the rate staying around zero from now until a minimum of 2024.
On Thursday, December gold GCZ20, 0.85 % GC00, 0.86 % was off twenty two dolars, or perhaps 1.1 %, at $1,948.50 an ounce. The special metal climbed in electrical trade late Wednesday in the immediate aftermath of the Fed decision before retreating. Gold on Wednesday settled with a gain of 0.2 %, ending at the highest level of theirs after Sept. one, according to FactSet data.
Also so, “with gold failing to overcome $2,000 just as before, it could be searching a bit of bleak in the near term, with the path of least resistance possibly below,” said Erlam.
“This seemingly conflicting scenario has played out usually the past several months, confounding the precious metals market bulls,” he had written in a Thursday research note.
“Still, such circumstances have also invited metals bulls to step in and purchase the dips to keep the complete price uptrends alive in silver,” and gold he said.
Beyond the Fed, the Bank of Bank and Japan of England on Thursday kept their benchmark interest rates steady, as expected, though the low level of interest rates prevailing through a lot of the evolved world ought to offer support for precious metals moving forward, commodity strategists say.
Initial jobless claims filed traditionally through state employment offices fell to 860,000 in the week of Sept. six to Sept. eleven, from 893,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.
The Philadelphia Fed said the gauge of its of business activity in its region dipped in September, with the regional Fed bank’s index falling to fifteen from 17.2 in August. This’s the fourth straight positive reading.
Canadian Bank CIBC sees gold prices averaging $2,300 an ounce in 2021, $2,200 an ounce in 2022, $2,100 in 2023 and $2,000 an ounce in 2024.