The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on Wednesday December 14 raised interest rates to a range of 0.5-0.75% from 0.25-0.5%, which was widely anticipated and was largely priced in by commodities and equities.
And while higher rates could cause issues if they are raised too quickly or too high, this is not an immediate threat.
The markets have somewhat calmed down with gold hovering near $1130 an ounce.
Gold was trading calm in London on Thursday December 22 – where prices are stuck around $1,130 per oz while many investors are sidelined as the end of the year approaches.
It’s more of a holiday mood where US and Chinese markets will remain shut for Christmas. And hence business and liquidity is expected to dry up till New Year
The spot gold price was recently indicated at $1,130.25/1,130.45 per oz, down $0.60 on Wednesday’s close.
Later on, prices fluctuated in a nominal range following important data realized during the week.
This week’s highlights were as follows-
- The US final third quarter GDP growth was revised upwards to 3.5% from 3.2% and
- Core durable goods orders increased 0.5% month-on-month in November, which was better than the forecast of 0.2%.
- Durable goods orders fell 4.6% month-on-month in November, still better than expectations of a 4.9% drop.
- Weekly unemployment claims, however, came in at 275,000 above consensus of 255,000.
- The November core PCE price index was flat against the forecast of 0.1%
- Personal spending was at 0.2% below expectations of 0.4%.
- CB leading index and personal income were both unchanged in November, and below their forecast of 0.2% and 0.3%, respectively.
- The US government bond market strengthened slightly on Wednesday, with the 10-year US bond yield closing at 2.53%, down from a recent peak of 2.60% last week.
The latest [US] data which has both positive and negative reflects the state of the current US economy. Taking into consideration the outlook for the US economy, future US economic data should trend towards improvement. This could provide some downward pressure for gold and silver.
Recent strong US macroeconomic data and sanguinity over president-elect Donald Trump’s perspective infrastructure spending plans have raised expectations of more interest rate increases in the USA next year. This has also enhanced the US dollar and increased appeal of risk assets like equities, while decreasing the attractiveness of haven assets like gold.
However, the gold price was a touch higher on the morning of Friday December 23 in London, finding some support from bargain hunting before the year-end holidays but lacking sufficient momentum for a marked breakthrough.
The spot gold price managed slight gains during Asian trading hours on Friday December 23 following the release of a range of US data on Thursday.
The momentum for precious metals has slowed but broader markets remain tough and positivity for 2017 remains high,
This reflected a moderate decrease in risk appetite on the back of growing political tensions between the US and China after President-elect Trump picked Peter Navarro, a China hawk, to run the US National Trade Council.
Precious metals are expected to shine next year. Investors may continue to remove their bullish bets to take advantage of positive global risk sentiment and lower volatility across risk asset classes. But the level of contentment in the financial markets may take some participants by surprise early next year, which may trigger a strong rebound across the complex.