NEW DELHI: India MCX June futures fell marginally on Friday tracking weakness in gold spot prices
which remained under pressure amid a strong dollar.
The dollar steadied near a fresh 20-year high scaled on Thursday on concerns of aggressive US
Federal Reserve's actions to tame inflationary pressures, said a Reuters report.The bullion has lost
over 3 per cent so far this week, its most in two months, the report added.The bullion has lost over
3 per cent so far this week, its most in two months, the report added. It is sensitive to rising US
short-term interest rates and bond yields. Any rise in interest rates also increases the opportunity
cost of holding it.
At 09:30 am, June gold futures on MCX were trading 0.08 per cent lower at Rs 50,135 per 10 gram. However,
silver futures rose 0.19 per cent to Rs 58,865 per kg.Gold June futures contract were settled at $20.77 per
troy ounce with a loss of 3.72 per cent on Thursday.
Both precious metals settled on a weaker note in the domestic markets.“Gold and silver are trading at
make-or-break levels and if the dollar index continues to rise with the current pace could push precious
metals lower in the coming sessions,” says Manoj Kumar Jain of Prithvi Finmart Commodity Research.
“At MCX, gold has support at Rs 50,000-49,770 and resistance at Rs 50,380-50,550 while silver has support at
Rs 58,300-57,500 and resistance at Rs 59,220-6,0000,” he said.Jain suggests that traders should stay away
from the markets while long-term investors can start buying in SIP mode
Gold prices yesterday slid close to $48 from their highs of $1,858 to $1,810, then finically
settling around $1,821-22.This can be directly attributed to the dollar index hitting its 20-year
high of 104.95 yesterday. Gold is clearly losing its safe-haven store value to a surging USD.
Ideally, a recessionary economic trend, ratcheing up of the geopolitical situation in the
russian-ukrainin war, with Russia warning of more destructive measures for aspirant NATO members,
Finland and Sweden, and a softer bond markets, should have greatly helped gold bulls' cause, but the
exact reverse has taken place.
This could be because the flash correction in the global equity markets has drained liquidity, leading to
selling orders across all asset classes.
Domestic gold future prices could start flat to weaker this Friday morning, tracking subdued overseas
markets.However, the downside could be capped amid bargain buying in the markets. At the same time, a weaker
rupee could cap the downside. Today’s range of MCX gold June is at Rs 49,900-50,700.
Gold and other precious metals dropped on Thursday, with palladium shedding more than 8%, as
investors flocked to the dollar driven by bets the U.S. Federal Reserve will stick to aggressive
Spot gold fell 0.7% to $1,839.01 per ounce by 10:29 a.m. EDT (1429 GMT). U.S. gold futures were down
0.7% at $1,841.60.
"Dollar is rallying as things potentially look negative in th U.S , which is hurting gold.Also, the
market is realising the likelihood of seeing pretty aggressive interest rate increases", said Bart
Melek, head of commodity strategies at TD Securities.
Rival safe-haven dollar climbed to fresh 20-year highs -- making gold less appealing for other currency
holders -- driven by concerns tightermonetary policies to tame surging inflation will hurt the global
Although it is considered a hedge against inflation and a safe bet during economic and political turmoil,
gold is highly sensitive to rising U.S. interest rates, which increase the opportunity cost of holding
non-yielding bullion."However, gold is holding relatively better wheb compaire to the industrial precious
metals," the demand for which could be hurt in a recession environment, Melek added.
Declines in gold were, however, capped by a slide in the benchmark 10-year Treasury yields, which hit the
lowest level in two weeks. [US/]Spot silver fell 2.1% to $21.11 per ounce - it hit its lowest since July
2020 earlier in the session.
"Silver is falling faster than gold, that's a bearish sign for the whole complex. With the ongoing lockdowns
in China, industrial metals are struggling and US institutional investor who's bailing out a gold ETF by
extension bails out of silver as well," independent analyst Ross Norman said.
Palladium slid 5.4% to $1,926.13, having earlier slid as much as 8.2% to its lowest since January at
1,867.68.Platinium dropped 4% to $952.86
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