August 09, 2021
Gold reels to 4 month low on fears of early Fed tapering
(Reuters) - Gold fell as much as 4.4% to a more than four-month low on Monday as robust U.S. jobs data stoked concerns of a sooner-than-expected interest rate hike, which could increase the opportunity cost of holding non-interest bearing bullion.
Spot gold was down 1.4% at $1,738.53 per ounce , paring earlier losses. Prices touched $1,684.37, their lowest since March 31 earlier in the session, triggered by stop-loss selling.
U.S. gold futures slipped 1.4% to $1,739.00.
“Gold has failed to recapture the $1,750.00 level and the outlook remains bearish now,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst for Asia Pacific at OANDA.
“Friday’s non-farm payroll data and potentially the U.S. infrastructure bill this week, have put Fed tapering before year-end firmly back on the table.”
Data from the U.S. Labor Department showed U.S. employers hired the most workers in nearly a year in July and continued to raise wages.
That underscored remarks by Fed officials suggesting a sooner than anticipated roll-back of pandemic-era stimulus on the back of a solid labour market recovery.
The data helped lift the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields, hurting gold’s appeal as an inflation hedge.
Meanwhile, the dollar index hit a two-week high on Monday.
“Gold’s metal will probably get tested into the CPI data this week,” said Stephen Innes, a managing partner at SPI Asset Management, adding that a strong inflation number could increase the probability of an early interest rate hike.
Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell to 1,025.28 tonnes on Friday, from 1,027.61 tonnes on Thursday.
Silver slumped as much as 7.5% hitting a more than eight-month low of $22.50 per ounce earlier in the session. It was last down 1.9%.
Platinum fell 0.9% to $971.05, having earlier hit a low since November 2020 of $959.93. Palladium was flat at $2,626.56.