Gold prices were subdued on Friday, as
investors adopted a cautious stance ahead of U.S. Federal
Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s speech at a key central bankers’
meeting, which will be vetted for guidance on interest rate
* Spot gold edged 0.2% lower at $1,755.09 per ounce,
as of 0118 GMT.
* U.S. gold futures were down 0.1% at $1,769.2.
* The dollar index and the benchmark U.S. 10-year
Treasury yields edged higher in early Asian hours.
* Powell’s speech is due at 1400 GMT on Friday at the
Jackson Hole conference in Wyoming.
* U.S. Fed officials on Thursday were noncommittal about the
size of the interest rate increase they will approve at their
Sept. 20-21 meeting, but continued hammering the point they will
drive rates up and keep them there until inflation has been
* Higher interest rates increase the opportunity cost of
holding non-yielding bullion, while boosting the dollar.
* The U.S. economy contracted at a more moderate pace than
initially thought in the second quarter, as consumer spending
blunted some of the drag from a sharp slowdown in inventory
accumulation, dispelling fears that a recession was underway.
* China’s net gold imports via Hong Kong jumped to a
nine-month high in July, data showed on Thursday, with banks
snapping up bullion as Beijing works to revive an economy hit by
a resurgence of COVID cases.
* Spot silver dipped 0.4% to $19.2 per ounce,
platinum rose 0.2% to $882.79, and palladium was
up 0.2% at $2,151.55.
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1400 US U Mich Sentiment Final Aug
1400 US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks
on the economic outlook before the 2022 Jackson Hole
(Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry