PRECIOUS-Gold bound for seventh monthly loss; Fed meet in spotlight
Shafaq News/ Gold prices were headed for a seventh straight monthly loss on Monday, pressured by oversized U.S. interest rates, while cautious investors eyed the Federal Reserve's upcoming policy meet for guidance on its future stance.
Spot gold XAU= was flat at $1,642.55 per ounce, as of 0331 GMT, but was down 1% for the month so far.
U.S. gold futures GCv1 were flat at $1,645.00.
"Market participants will be seeking clues to reinforce recent speculation of a downshifting in Fed rate hikes after November," said IG market strategist Yeap Jun Rong, adding gold could see renewed traction on "louder concerns on growth risks or greater emphasis on data-dependent stance."
Although upside could still seem limited, given that rates will remain at elevated levels for longer, Yeap said.
Data on Friday showed that U.S. consumer spending rose more than expected in September, while underlying inflation pressures continued to bubble paring expectations of a Fed slowdown.
The dollar index =USD held firm, while the benchmark 10-year Treasury yields US10YT=RR was above the 4% threshold.
The Fed has raised its benchmark overnight interest rate from near zero in March and is widely expected to deliver a fourth straight 75 basis-point increase at Nov. 1-2 policy meeting.
While gold is traditionally seen as an inflation hedge, U.S. rate hikes increase the opportunity cost of holding zero-yielding bullion.
Indicative of sentiment, holdings of SPDR Gold Trust GLD, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.28% to 922.59 tonnes on Friday, its lowest level since March 2020.
Spot silver XAG= fell 0.5% to $19.14 per ounce.
Platinum XPT= dropped 0.7% to $938.47, but was headed for its biggest monthly gain since February 2021.
Palladium XPD= rose 1% to $1,919.00, but lost 11% in October, its biggest monthly drop in five.