Futures & Commodities

Gold retreats as dollar rebounds, risk appetite grows

Edgar Su | Reuters

Gold retreated on Tuesday from more than three-week highs in the previous session after the dollar rebounded and risk appetite and bond yields recovered as fears eased about a possible U.S. recession.

Spot gold was down 0.36 percent at $1,316.99 per ounce as of 2:30 p.m. EST, after hitting its highest since Feb. 28 at $1,324.33 on Monday.

U.S. gold futures settled down 7.6 percent to $1,315 per ounce.

"The trend of the U.S. dollar has reversed a little bit and at the same time there was a bounce back from the lows across yield curves," said Bart Melek, head of commodity strategies at TD Securities in Toronto.

Benchmark bond yields ticked higher on Tuesday after a few days dominated by recession worries, which prompted investors to seek safe-haven assets such as gold. An inverted U.S. yield curve is widely seen as indicating an economic recession.

"The firm U.S. dollar remains a big impediment (for gold)," Melek added. "Even with a very dovish U.S. Federal Reserve, the market is still looking at other asset classes such as equities. Until that turns a little sour we should probably not see huge inflows into gold."

The dollar index was up 0.17 percent. A higher greenback makes gold expensive for buyers holding other currencies.

Gold has gained about 14 percent since touching more than 1-1/2-year lows last August on a dovish U.S. Fed and global growth concerns.

Calm returned to global markets on Tuesday, with gains on European and Asian bourses and the higher bond yields.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield edged up, having fallen below the yield for three-month bills on Friday for the first time since 2007, inverting the yield curve.

"Overall, though, conditions remain supportive for both gold, and to a lesser degree silver, to stage a rally. We need to see further price action and some technical confirmation to increase our conviction that gold and silver are indeed headed higher," Fawad Razaqzada, market analyst with Forex.com, wrote in a note.

"The fact that gold has held key support around the $1,275-$1,285 area is bullish, as the move below the long-term pivotal $1,300 hurdles proved to be temporary."

Investors were watching for the latest round of China-U.S. trade negotiations, scheduled for Thursday in Beijing as well as lawmakers' bid to break a deadlock over Britain's plans to leave the European Union. Lawmakers will vote on a range of Brexit options on Wednesday.

Palladium fell 2.16 percent to $1,542 per ounce after touching its lowest in about two weeks at $1,532.56 in the previous session.

Silver was down 0.74 percent at $15.42, while platinum rose 0.47 percent to $859.0 an ounce.