PRECIOUS-Gold flat as US bond yields firm; investors seek more data

Reuters · 07/01 09:56
PRECIOUS-Gold flat as US bond yields firm; investors seek more data

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By Sherin Elizabeth Varghese

- Gold prices were little changed on Monday as U.S. Treasury yields held firm, while investors turned cautious ahead of key economic data that could shed light on the Federal Reserve's potential rate cut trajectory.

Spot gold XAU= was unchanged at $2,327.50 per ounce, as of 0932 GMT. Prices registered a more than 4% gain in the second quarter. U.S. gold futures GCcv1 eased 0.1% to $2,337.80.

Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield US10YT=RR hit a three-week high, making -yielding bullion less attractive for investors.

Investor focus shifts to remarks from Fed Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday, followed by minutes from the Fed's latest policy meeting on Wednesday and U.S. payrolls data due on Friday.

"Powell is likely to stick to a data dependent stance, so should payrolls later this week come in softer, it could again lift gold prices," UBS analyst Giovanni Staunovo said, adding that gold will soar to $2,600 by the end of the year, boosted by Fed rate cuts.

Data last week showed that the U.S. prices were unchanged in May while consumer spending rose moderately.

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"The upside is capped today probably also by the outcome of the French elections, supporting the euro and the French equity market," UBS' Staunovo said.

The euro jumped after a convincing and historic win by the French far right in the first round of parliamentary elections.

"Gold's bounce off the $2,300 an ounce mark last week was a bullish signal in itself... This suggests buyers are willing to step into the market at levels below $2,300," Kinesis Money said in a .

Spot silver XAG= was up 0.2% at $29.19, platinum XPT= fell 1.1% to $982.05 and palladium XPD= gained 1.3% at $984.75.

(Reporting by Sherin Elizabeth Varghese in Bengaluru; Editing by Mrigank Dhaniwala)