Gold slips 1% as US yields tick higher, focus still on Fed

Bars of gold are seen at the Krastsvetmet company, one of the world's largest producers of precious metals in Moscow, Russia on January 31, 2023. 
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Gold prices fell on Wednesday, weighed by an uptick in U.S. bond yields, while investors looked forward to inflation data and Federal Reserve policy meeting next week for more clarity on interest rate path.

Spot gold was last down 1.15% to $1,940.2676 per ounce. U.S. gold futures settled down 1.2% to $1,958.40.

Benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields rose to a more than one-week high. The dollar index steadied against its rivals.

"Yields have remained relatively elevated keeping some light pressure on the gold market," said David Meger, director of metals trading, High Ridge Futures.

"Clearly inflation is still the main focal point of this market. At this point the expectation is that the Fed is going to pause. However, if those inflationary numbers remain extremely elevated, you could see a shift in outlook."

The U.S. inflation report for May, due on June 13, ahead of the Fed meeting, will provide investors with more clarity about the health of the world's largest economy.

The U.S. economy is strong amid robust consumer spending but some areas are slowing down, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, adding that she expects continued progress in bringing inflation down over the next two years.

The Fed will not raise interest rates for the first time in well over a year at its June 13-14 meeting, according to economists polled by Reuters.

Gold prices are highly sensitive to rising U.S. interest rates, as these increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.

Data from China showed exports shrank much faster than expected in May, hinting of a slowing global economy that could crimp demand for the precious metal, Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco, wrote in a note.