Gold prices gain ground for third straight session
2023-09-18 08:16AM UTC

Gold prices rose in European trade on Monday for the third straight day, almost hitting a two-week high as the dollar slows down against a basket of major rivals.


The gains come ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting this week, expected to pause interest rate hikes in order to assess US economic conditions. 


The Federal Reserve's policy decisions and statements, in addition to Fed Chair Jerome Powell's statements afterwards will provide clues on the likely path ahead for policies, especially in November.


Gold Prices Today


Gold prices rose 0.35% to $1,930 an ounce, with a session-low at $1,922, after rising 0.7% on Thursday, the second profit in a row away from a three-week low at $1,901, as the dollar stalls.


Gold prices rose 0.25% last week, the third weekly profit in a month, as the battle of major central banks with inflation approaches an end, with the European Central Bank hinting that interest rates have peeked out. 


The Dollar


The dollar index fell 0.1% on Monday, extending losses for the second session off six-month highs against a basket of major rivals.


Dollar declined ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting later this week, expected to end with no change in policies. 


The Fed


The Federal Reserve is holding its two-day policy meeting tomorrow, widely expected to end with maintaining interest rates unchanged at 5.5%, the highest in 22 years.


US Rates 


Current pricing for a 0.25% Fed interest rate hike this week stands at 1%, while pricing for a 0.25% interest rate hike at  the November meeting stands at 28%. 




Analysts believe that gold prices are carrying strong momentum as global central bank pull back from their policy tightening marathons.


Future US and European data especially on consumer prices and retail sales will offer more clarity on this issue. 


Chinese Gold Prices


Gold prices in China hit record highs last week as consumers buy up the safe haven to compensate the declining yuan values. 




Gold holdings at the SPDR Gold Trust rose 0.57 tonnes on Friday to a total of 880.27 tonnes, away from January 2020 lows at 879.7 tonnes. 

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