Dollar falls, Gold prices rise in range-bound trade
Gold prices rose in turbulent trading on Monday, bolstered by a weaker dollar, which boosted greenback-priced metal, though gains were limited as some investors shifted to riskier Asian assets. As of 0152 GMT, spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,856.86 per ounce. Gold futures in the United States rose 0.1 percent to $1,859.40.
“We may find that gold will remain nailed to its tight range around $1,850 unless a new catalyst arrives,” City Index senior market analyst Matt Simpson said. “With the 3-day holiday in the US, which means lower liquidity than usual, and a lack of top-tier data until Wednesday, we may find that gold will remain nailed to its tight range around $1,850 unless a new catalyst arrives.”
For the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, federal government offices, stock and bond markets, and the Federal Reserve will be closed on Monday. Despite a mainly positive performance since hitting a more than three-month low of $1,786.60 per ounce on May 16, gold prices are on track for their first monthly drop since March 2021, down roughly 2.4 percent so far.
“Gold’s underperformance has been attributed in part to investors rushing to cash as equities markets dropped, as well as Chinese lockdowns. June is traditionally a bad month for gold, but that trend looks to have been shifted forward by one month “Simpson said. Investors bet on a pause in US monetary tightening, despite big hikes in June and July, as Asian equities followed Wall Street higher and the dollar remained at five-week lows.
For buyers holding other currencies, a weakened dollar makes bullion more appealing. The potential cost of storing non-yielding bullion rises when short-term interest rates in the United States rise. Spot silver increased by 0.1 percent to $22.13 per ounce, platinum increased by 0.1 percent to $954.51, and palladium increased by 0.8 percent to $2,079.39 per ounce.