- Gold down 2.4% so this week
- Silver set for secondly weekly fall
- Strong auto sales boding well for PGM demand – ANZ
By Arundhati Sarkar
May 19 (Reuters) – Gold prices ticked up on Friday but were on course for their biggest weekly drop in 3-1/2 months as hopes of a resolution in the U.S. debt ceiling negotiations and fading expectations of a rate cut by year-end took some shine off bullion.
Spot gold was up 0.3% to $1,963.39 per ounce by 0418 GMT, but on track for a 2.4% weekly drop – its biggest since early February.
U.S. gold futures rose 0.2% to $1,964.60.
Markets see a positive end to the debt-ceiling talks as recent commentary has been about the progress being made and given that yields and the dollar are all going up at the same time, gold is pulling back, Ilya Spivak, head of global macro at Tastylive said.
U.S. President Joe Biden and House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy hope to finalize a deal on the debt ceiling after Biden returns from the Group of Seven meeting in Japan on Sunday.
The dollar index .DXY eased slightly on the day, but hovered close to a near two-month high, making gold less affordable for overseas investors.
Two Fed policymakers said U.S. inflation does not look like it is cooling fast enough to allow the central bank to hit a pause on the interest-rate hike campaign.
U.S. Fed Chair Jerome Powell is slated to speak at an event later in the day, and traders will scan for policy signals.
If Powell pushes back rate-cut expectation and hints at higher for longer rates than the market thinks, that will be “negative for gold again,” Spivak added.
Spot silver rose 0.6% to $23.64 per ounce, but was set for a second weekly fall.
Platinum advanced 0.3% to $1,052.43, and palladium climbed 1.5% to $1,474.63.
Investors are increasing their bullish bets in platinum with strong auto sales also boding well for platinum group metals (PGM), ANZ said in a note.