October 23, 2015
Gold Set to Snap 2-Week Winning Streak on U.S. Rate Hike Fears
(Reuters) - Gold ticked up from its lowest in over a week on Friday but was poised to snap a two-week winning streak due to a stronger dollar and robust data that boosted expectations for a U.S. rate rise this year.
Spot gold rose 0.3 percent to $1,168.59 an ounce by 0405 GMT. It fell as low as $1,162.50 in the previous session, the lowest level since Oct. 13.
For the week, the metal is down 0.7 percent, after posting two straight weekly gains. U.S. gold futures eased 1.2 percent for the week, the biggest loss in six weeks.
The dollar climbed to its highest in nearly a month on Thursday against a basket of major currencies as the euro slumped following signs the European Central Bank could introduce more stimulus as early as December.
Upbeat U.S. housing and labour market data on Thursday also supported the dollar, hurting gold.
"The general expectation is for the Fed to raise rates next year, but in recent days we have seen some robust data from the U.S. and cannot completely rule out a December rate hike," said a trader in Hong Kong.
Some long positions have been liquidated since the metal failed to hold above $1,190 an ounce, he said.
Bullion has been hurt by uncertainty over the timing of the first U.S. rate hike in nearly a decade. Investors believe higher rates could hurt demand for non-interest-paying gold.
Rate rise expectations have largely been pushed out to next year over concerns about the health of the global economy, but recent U.S. data has been strong.
U.S. home resales rebounded strongly in September and new applications for unemployment benefits hovered around 42-year lows last week, data on Thursday showed.
Bullion wasn't seeing much support from the physical markets. Festive demand for gold in India, the second biggest consumer, got off to a tepid start, with local prices heavily discounted to the global benchmark.
Demand in top consumer China was also lacklustre, dealers said, while premiums in Hong Kong dropped.