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Gold Prices Faces Strong Retreat from Historic Peaks

Gold Prices Faces Strong Retreat from Historic Peaks

Gold prices showed little movement in Asian trading on Wednesday. Following a sharp decline from the recent record highs earlier this week. Traders are now awaiting additional signals on when the Federal Reserve might begin reducing interest rates.

A JOLTs job openings reading for October, which was softer than expected, raised some optimism about a cooling labor market. However, the primary focus remains on the upcoming nonfarm payrolls reading for November, scheduled for release this Friday.


  1. Gold Price Fluctuations: Gold prices saw sharp swings. Dropping from record highs above $2,100 per ounce this week due to uncertainties about potential Federal Reserve interest rate adjustments.
  2. Market Focus on Indicators: Traders are closely monitoring economic indicators, particularly the softer-than-expected JOLTs job openings for October. The upcoming November nonfarm payrolls report eagerly awaited for insights into the labor market.
  3. Fed’s Impact on Gold: Initial record highs in gold were influenced by perceived less hawkish comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell. However, uncertainties about the Fed’s timing for interest rate adjustments led to a retreat in gold prices.
  4. Global Conditions and Copper: Concerns about global economic conditions, especially in China and the Eurozone

Gold Prices Peaks at $2,100, Faces Retreat on Fed Uncertainties

The yellow metal began the week at historic highs exceeding $2,100 per ounce. Propelled by seemingly less hawkish comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell and increased demand for safe-haven assets amid heightened tensions in the Middle East. However, it subsequently retreated significantly from these record levels due to uncertainties surrounding the Fed, contributing to a partial recovery of the dollar. Despite this retracement, gold prices continued to trade well above the $2,000 per ounce mark.

At 00:08 ET (05:08 GMT), spot gold saw a 0.1% increase. Reaching $2,021.61 per ounce, while gold futures expiring in February rose by 0.1% to $2,039.00 per ounce.

Uncertain Market Sentiment on Fed Rate Cuts Amid Inflation and Global Economic Concerns

Market sentiment remains uncertain regarding potential Fed rate cuts. Although investors are convinced that the Fed will not raise interest rates further. There is ambiguity about when the central bank plans to initiate rate reductions. Fed Funds futures prices indicate that traders are pricing in a slightly over 50% chance of the Fed commencing rate trimming as early as March 2024, with a more than 90% likelihood of rates remaining unchanged in December.

Despite market expectations, the central bank has not provided any explicit indication of such plans. Emphasizing that rates are expected to stay elevated for an extended period unless there are significant declines in inflation. U.S. inflation continues to exceed the Fed’s annual 2% target, and the job market remains relatively robust. The U.S. economy demonstrated resilience in the third quarter, supported by steady consumer spending.

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Uncertainty surrounding the Fed’s intentions for rate cuts introduces some skepticism about further gains in gold, as higher interest rates elevate the opportunity cost of investing in the precious metal. However, indications of deteriorating economic conditions globally, particularly in China and the Eurozone, could still drive safe-haven flows into gold.

Copper Prices Rebound Amid China Concerns and Moody’s Warning

In the realm of industrial metals, copper prices rebounded on Wednesday after a two-day decline driven by heightened concerns about China, the leading importer. Copper futures expiring in March increased by 0.6% to $3.8068 per ounce, recovering from a nearly 4% loss in the preceding two sessions.

Concerns about China intensified following a warning from ratings agency Moody’s about a potential credit rating downgrade, citing increased risks stemming from a downturn in the property market and a lack of clear policy support from Beijing. This warning, combined with ongoing signs of economic weakness in China, heightened apprehensions about a decline in copper demand in 2024.


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