Yellow metal trades weak; crucial support placed at Rs 50,000, say expert.

Yellow metal trades weak; crucial support placed at Rs 50,000, say expert.

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

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Expert: Pritam Patnaik, Head - Commodities,HNI & NRI Acquisitions,Axis Securi.

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.

Expert: Sriram Iyer, Senior Research Analyst at Reliance Securities

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 drives retreat across metals as dollar accelerates to 20-year high

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 rate hikes.

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 economy. [USD/]

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

Edited by : R. Reena