Gold edges higher on softer dollar; set to fall for sixth straight month
Fri Sep 30 2022
Gold prices edged higher on Friday, supported by a pullback in the U.S. dollar, but the Federal Reserve's commitment to stay on an aggressive rate-hike path kept the metal on track for its sixth straight monthly decline.
* Spot gold XAU= was up 0.2% at $1,663.79 per ounce, as of 0110 GMT. While prices are headed for their biggest weekly gain in seven, it is down 2.8% for the month so far.
* U.S. gold futures GCv1 rose 0.3% to $1,673.10.
* The dollar index =USD held near a one-week low touched on Thursday, making greenback-denominated gold less expensive for overseas buyers. USD/
* Fed policymakers will press ahead with raising U.S. borrowing costs to fight soaring inflation, taking in stride both turmoil in global financial markets and early signs their actions are weakening the job market.
* Although gold is considered a hedge against inflation, a series of aggressive U.S. rate hikes this year has dented on the non-yielding metal's appeal and lifted the dollar to a two-decade peak.
* Euro zone economic sentiment fell sharply and by more than expected in September, data showed on Thursday, as confidence dropped among companies and consumers, who are also downbeat about price trends in the coming months.
* Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust GLD, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose to 941.15 tonnes on Thursday from 940.86 tonnes on Wednesday.
* Spot silver XAG= rose 0.2% to $18.86 per ounce, platinum XPT= was steady at $865.46 and palladium XPD= was up 0.5% at $2,211.59.