Gold Price Support 'Firm at $1200' as US Inflation Hits Fed Target 1st Time in 6 Years

GOLD PRICES rose back to last week’s closing level around $1205 per ounce in London on Thursday as new US data put inflation up in line with the Federal Reserve’s official target for the first time since spring 2012.
The personal incomes and outlays report for July said the cost of living rose 2.3% per year, just ahead of analyst forecasts, with the Fed’s preferred measure of “core PCE” prices reaching 2.0% annual inflation.
Silver lagged the rally in gold prices, holding almost 1% down from last Friday’s finish at $14.69 per ounce, as global stock markets extended the day’s earlier falls from multi-month highs.
The PCE inflation news saw the Dollar pause this week’s retreat from mid-August’s 17-month peak.
Ahead of the long US Labor Day weekend, Wall Street equity futures pointed lower after President Trump again praised this year’s rise to fresh record highs in US stocks.

The news from the Financial Markets is even better than anticipated. For all of you that have made a fortune in the markets, or seen your 401k’s rise beyond your wildest expectations, more good news is coming!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018

With gold prices down nearly 8% for 2018 so far, “US-China trade tensions and US interest rate expectations remain the key drag on the yellow metal,” says the latest weekly note from specialist analysts Metals Focus.
Betting on next month’s Federal Reserve meeting puts near-certain odds on a rate rise to 2.00%, but betting on the Fed voting to keep rates there in December – rather than hiking again – has edged up from 27% to 31% since this time last month according to data from the CME derivatives group.
Policymakers should keep the economy’s current position “firmly in mind” when assessing risks and uncertainty, says a Fed research paper published this month, suggesting a more aggressive rate-rising policy amid this summer’s raft of strong US data.
A rise in US house prices to new all-time highs however – breaching the peaks immediately prior to the subprime and then global financial crash of a decade ago – has now coincided with 7 months of falling demand from the same period last year, new figures showed Wednesday.
Chart of US home prices. Source: S&P Case-Shiller indices
“Resistance [in gold prices] remains unchanged at $1213.20,” says a technical note from bullion bank Scotia Mocatta’s New York office, pointing to “the 50% Fibo retracement level of the July high-to-August low range.
“Support is firm at $1200.70…[but] momentum remains negative.”
Earlier in Asia on Thursday, “We are seeing selling from the Chinese banks,” said a note from Swiss refining and finance group MKS Pamp’s trading desk, with the Dollar’s rise versus the Yuan “helping put gold under pressure.”
Shanghai premiums, over and above London quotes, slipped back beneath $7 per ounce after rising near more typical incentives for new imports into the No.1 consumer market for the first time in a month on Wednesday.


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