Gold touches 7-month high as dovish Fed signals spur bets on early rate cuts

Gold hit 7-month peaks as dovish Fed tilt spurs rate cut bets, weaker dollar and retreating yields feed metal's allure.

Berto Tordecilla

Berto Tordecilla

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Gold prices touched near seven-month highs in Asian trade as weaker dollar and retreating yields fed demand for the metal after a string of dovish Fed signals stirred up wagers of potential rate cuts as soon as 2024.

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Fed Governor Christopher Waller said on Tuesday that the central bank may start reducing rates next year if inflation slows further, sending gold up over 3% in November so far.

Gold peaked at $2,052 in Wednesday’s Asian session before trimming gains slightly, while the dollar index hit a near four-month trough. Lower yields also underpinned non-interest-bearing bullion.

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Cautions prevailed ahead of key economic indicators from the U.S. and China this week, while downbeat Japanese and eurozone data fed global slowdown worries.

Spot gold stood at $2,037 per ounce by 09:35 GMT. Technicals flagged an overbought market but analysts see further upside with year-end target at $2,080 and beyond as the Fed’s hawkish stance softens.

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