June 8, 2020 / 5:27 AM / a month ago

Gold rises as investors bet on dovish signals from Fed

(Reuters) - Gold rose on Monday after the previous session’s steep fall, boosted by hopes of dovish monetary policy from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

FILE PHOTO: Gold anodes are pictured at Swiss refinery Metalor in Marin near Neuchatel, Switzerland July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Spot gold rose 0.5% to $1,692.86 per ounce by 12:23 p.m. ET (1623 GMT). U.S. gold futures rose 0.9% to $1,698.10.

“The Fed will continue to have uber dovish policies, they will continue to suppress real rates and that’s the main driver for gold purchases over the last few months,” said Daniel Ghali, commodity strategist at TD Securities, adding that the macro implications will continue to support gold.

Bullion fell as much as 2.4% to $1,670.14 on Friday, its lowest in over a month, after an unexpected rise in U.S. employment increased hopes for a swift recovery in the global economy and boosted investor appetite for riskier assets.

Gold’s uptick was also technical in nature, Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen said.

“The break below $1,700 on Friday is once again attracting some demand from investors, who have been waiting on the sidelines for a correction.”

Market participants are now waiting for the U.S. central bank’s two-day policy meeting, which ends on Wednesday, but have stopped pricing in the possibility of negative interest rates after Friday’s jobs report.

Gold tends to gain when interest rates are low, which reduces the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion. Gold is also seen as a hedge against inflation.

Holdings in the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, dipped 0.4% on Friday. Speculators also cut their bullish positions in COMEX gold in the week to June 2.

In other precious metals trading, spot silver advanced 1.0% to $17.54 an ounce, platinum fell 0.4% to $832.34 per ounce and palladium jumped 2.4% to $2,000.70.

Reporting by Shreyansi Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Dan Grebler and Tom Brown

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