Gold steady near three-month high as investors hope for smaller rate hikes

Bengaluru — Gold prices steadied near a three-month peak on Wednesday as signs of cooling US inflation boosted bets for smaller rate hikes, while markets awaited more clarity surrounding reports of Russian missiles killing two people in Poland.

Spot gold held its ground at $1,776.73 per ounce at 3am GMT, after hitting its highest since August 15 in the previous session.

US gold futures rose 0.2% at $1,780 per ounce.

“Gold is still largely pinned on the Fed … We can see gold is kind of continuing to creep higher since last week’s spike, but it hasn’t really found tremendous follows through,” said DailyFX currency strategist Ilya Spivak.

“Needless to say, wild-card factors can exist like some sort of more aggressive and more immediate escalation in Ukraine, you could see gold become reactive.”

The US and its Nato allies are investigating the blast that killed two in Poland, but early information suggests it may not have been caused by a missile fired from Russia, US President Joe Biden said. Russia denied it was responsible.

Data on Tuesday showed US producer prices increased less than expected in October, further evidence that inflation was starting to subside.

The data, after last week’s smaller-than-expected increase in consumer prices for October, has lifted hopes that the US Federal Reserve could slow its interest-rate hikes going forward.

However, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said he sees little evidence that aggressive monetary policy tightening is slowing inflation, anticipating that more hikes would be needed to get inflation down to the Fed’s 2% target.

While gold is used as a safe investment during times of political and financial uncertainty, rising interest rates tend to dull bullion’s appeal as the metal pays no interest.

Elsewhere, spot silver gained 0.3% to $21.59 per ounce. Platinum edged 0.1% higher to $1,015.46, while palladium fell 0.5% to $2,087.06.