GOLD PRICES rebounded on Friday morning in London from a two-day $20 dip as the US Dollar retreated and European stocks fluctuated before the highly anticipated speech of Fed Chair Janet Yellen at the Jackson Hole symposium.
Asian equities fell and Europeans stocks fluctuated on Friday.
The Bloomberg Dollar Index that measures the strength of the greenback against several other major currencies eased back on Friday morning.
So far this Friday the Pound versus the US Dollar is set for a weekly gain whilst the €/$ cross remained almost unchanged on the week despite a jump earlier this week followed by a dip.
Janet Yellen’s address at 3pm London time on Friday is highly anticipated as investors wait to see if she gives any signals regarding Federal Reserve monetary policy and a new interest hike before the end of the year. The choice for a hike or not is very much dependant on the economic situation of the USA, the rate of inflation matching the official target and employment figures.
Annualised US GDP figures will be released later today by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis with the consensus being a slight decrease from Q2 2016 results.
“Speculative investors seemed to have abandoned their long gold positions,” said Bart Melek, head of global commodity strategy for TD Securities in Toronto, as Yellen may hint at a hike in her address in Wyoming.
“Some gold observers are even arguing that the FOMC may increase rates as early as September,” added Melek.
“The outcome of the Fed’s Sept. 21 meeting will be largely determined by the tone of Janet Yellen’s speech at Jackson Hole,” said an analyst, pointing to the confident tone of some of Yellen’s colleagues regarding a rate hike in the past few days.
“You can’t take on risk ahead of important events,” said Takashi Ito an equity strategist at Nomura Securities in Tokyo, as there is no way to know if Yellen will make any reference of a rate hike in her speech.
“It’s difficult to predict. If she does make more hawkish comments the market could be chaotic in the short term,” continued Takashi Ito.
” Wariness ahead of Yellen’s speech gave gold a leg up” as the yellow metal in Dollars was set, before Yellen’s speech, for a small rebound and a weekly loss of 1.2%, marking the first retreat on the week since early August.
Gold prices for GBP and Euro investors also showed a weekly loss of 2.1% and 0.9% respectively on Friday morning.
While in the past two days gold and silver prices were significantly under pressure with the firm greenback weighting on the precious metals, ” Clearly some market participants are positioning themselves ahead of Yellen’s speech,” said Frankfurt Commerzbank in a daily note, indicating they were sceptical about any clear indications of the next rate hike today.
With gold price resistance on a downward trend line from the post-Brexit referendum high in early July, the “metal has failed several times to move through this trend and could fall under further pressure should Yellen’s speech turn materially hawkish,” said Swiss industrial and trading services group MKS Pamp.
Silver prices dropped to an 8-week low of 18.69 per ounce, a level last seen a week after the Brexit referendum, as platinum was also lower on the week on Friday morning.