Falling stock prices and geopolitical risks haven’t done much to support gold amid expectations of tighter U.S. monetary policy.
Metal for immediate delivery fell to the lowest in four months at $1,256.77 an ounce in London, having dropped every day this week as traders factor in an increase in interest rates this month as a near certainty. Prices declined despite growing volatility in equity markets, with the S&P 500 Index losing ground in six of the last eight sessions.
“The rate hike is now looming and people are suddenly realizing that gold may not be the most attractive long position at the moment,” said David Govett, head of precious metals trading at Marex Spectron Group Ltd. in London.
Bullion is heading for the the first back-to-back annual advance since 2012, but traders recently have dented those gains. Higher rates and a change in leadership at the Fed have outweighed deepening geopolitical risks, including the threat of war on the Korean peninsula and a third intifada in Israel.
“People’s memories are short and their pockets not so deep,” Govett said.
Other precious metals:
- Silver for immediate delivery tumbled 0.5 percent to $15.8865 an ounce.
- Platinum traded little changed near $901 an ounce.
- Palladium traded 0.4 percent higher at $1000.57 an ounce.
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