October 9, 2015
Gold Ticks Up on Dovish Fed Minutes, Set For Weekly Gain
(Reuters) - Gold climbed on Friday in a delayed reaction to minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting that showed the U.S. central bank was in no hurry to hike rates.
Spot gold was at $1,144.20 an ounce by 0339 GMT, up 0.5 percent from the previous session. On Thursday, prices had rallied only briefly after the Fed minutes before closing down 0.6 percent despite a softer dollar.
The minutes pointed to a deeply cautious Fed even before subsequent economic data showed a sharp slowdown in hiring by U.S. employers. Most policymakers, however, thought the Fed's first rate hike in a decade should still come this year.
"Gold was choppy following the U.S. FOMC minutes that did not give a clear indication of whether or not the Fed is poised to raise interest rates this year," said analysts at ScotiaMocatta, referring to the Federal Open Market Committee.
Asian stocks rose on Friday and the dollar nursed losses as investors pared bets that the central bank will hike interest rates this year given the dovish minutes.
"The tone from the FOMC minutes was slightly more dovish, although this wasn't too surprising," said ANZ. "Overall, the FOMC still see risks to the downside for U.S. real GDP and inflation forecasts, with recent global growth and financial market developments exacerbating these downside risks."
A delayed rate rise could support non-interest-paying gold, although uncertainty could weigh on prices in the near term.
Gold is up 0.6 percent for the week, after hitting a near-two-week high earlier in the week.
Among other precious metals, silver was set for a 3 percent weekly jump, after hitting a 3-1/2-month high on Wednesday on a softer dollar and expectations of a delay in a U.S. rate hike.
Platinum was on track for a near 6-percent gain for the week, its best weekly performance since July 2013. The gain follows a drop in prices to a near seven-year low last week, as investors believed the Volkswagen emissions scandal would reduce demand for diesel cars, in which the metal is used in catalysts.
Palladium was headed for its fifth straight weekly gain.