Friday, 8 September 2023 08:39 WIB | GOLD |GOLDEMAS

Gold headed for a weekly loss, after solid US data in recent days reinforced the case for the Federal Reserve to keep rates elevated, denting the precious metal’s allure.

A higher-for-longer rate environment is now looking increasingly likely after applications for US unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level since February. The figures followed a Wednesday report that showed US service-sector activity rose sharply in August — causing swaps traders to price in higher odds for a 25 basis point rate hike in September. 

The US dollar is headed for its eighth consecutive weekly gain, with a stronger greenback generally negative for gold.

Spot gold edged up 0.2% to $1,924.38 an ounce as of 9:26 a.m. in Singapore, and was down 0.8% for the week. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index slipped 0.1%. Silver, platinum and palladium all climbed.

Source : Bloomberg

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