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Gold edges lower as traders eye US inflation data, Fed meeting

Tuesday,   11-Jun-2024   08:13 AM (IST)

Gold inched lower on Tuesday as investors awaited US inflation data and the Federal Reserve’s policy announcement later in the week, after a stronger-than-expected payrolls report on Friday. Spot gold was down 0.2 per cent at US$2,306.38 per ounce, as at 0109 GMT. US gold futures fell 0.2 per cent to US$2,323.00. Bullion fell 3.5 per cent, or about US$83, on Friday in its biggest drop since November 2020 after the US jobs data and reports that China’s central bank was holding off gold purchases. The May consumer price index (CPI) inflation report due Wednesday will be the next major data point to drive Fed expectations. Fed policymakers will update their economic and interest rate projections when they conclude their two-day meeting on Wednesday. A New York Fed survey showed that the US public’s outlook on the future path of inflation was mixed in May. Updated economic projections from Fed officials this week are expected to show fewer interest rate cuts than policymakers anticipated three months ago. Lower interest rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion. China, the biggest official sector buyer of gold, is expected to resume its bullion shopping spree once prices ease from the record highs hit in May, as the fundamental case for the metal remains, industry players said at a conference this week. Vietnam is expected to allow companies to import gold for the first time in over a decade, as it aims to bridge the widening gap between local prices and international benchmarks, an industry official said. Spot silver fell 0.7 per cent to US$29.56 per ounce, platinum was down 0.1 per cent at US$966.85 and palladium lost 0.1 per cent to US$903.25.