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GOLD Price Faces Downward Pressure Amidst US Dollar Strength...

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Gold Price Faces Downward Pressure Amidst US Dollar Strength and Inflation Concerns

Introduction

Gold prices continue to experience downward pressure for the second consecutive day, struggling near the monthly low. The XAU/USD pair currently trades around the $1,910 level during the Asian session, as it grapples with headwinds driven by US Dollar (USD) strength and looming concerns about inflation.

US Dollar Rebound

The resurgence of the US Dollar is a significant factor contributing to the decline in Gold prices. Following a day of fluctuating prices on Tuesday, the USD has attracted fresh buying interest, undermining demand for the precious metal. The expectation that the Federal Reserve (Fed) will maintain its hawkish stance remains a supportive factor for elevated US Treasury bond yields and acts as a tailwind for the Greenback. Market participants are increasingly convinced that the Fed will keep interest rates higher for an extended period, with the possibility of another 25 basis points (bps) rate hike by the end of the year.

These expectations were further reinforced by upbeat US macroeconomic data released last week, which indicated a resilient US economy. The persistence of inflationary pressures also supports the notion of the Fed tightening its monetary policy. As a result, all eyes are now on the upcoming US Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, scheduled for release during the early North American session. The CPI figures will play a pivotal role in shaping expectations regarding the Fed's future rate-hike path, potentially providing a fresh directional impetus for Gold, which does not yield interest.

Inflation Concerns and Gold

The performance of Gold prices is closely tied to inflation concerns. Should the CPI data reveal stubbornly high inflation, it could set the stage for a renewed rally in the USD to a six-month peak and exert further downward pressure on Gold. However, it's worth noting that Gold often benefits from a softer risk tone in the market.

Recession Risks and Safe-Haven Appeal

The sentiment in the financial markets remains fragile, largely due to concerns about deteriorating economic conditions in China. As the world's second-largest economy faces challenges, and worries about rising borrowing costs persist, investors remain cautious and seek refuge in safe-haven assets like Gold.

Conclusion

Gold prices are under pressure as the US Dollar gains strength, and inflation concerns loom large. The USD's resurgence and expectations of continued Fed tightening have created headwinds for the precious metal. The upcoming US CPI data will be a key driver for both the USD and Gold, determining their near-term trajectories. Despite the downward pressure, Gold's safe-haven appeal could provide some support, especially in a risk-averse market environment marked by recession risks and economic uncertainties.


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