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Gold price register solid gains on calm session, ahead of FOMC minutes

Gold climbs to $2016.30, driven by US inflation surpassing forecasts, signaling ongoing price pressure.
The diminished likelihood of imminent Fed rate cuts enhances Gold’s allure as the USD has weakened since last Tuesday.
The decline in US Treasury and real yields underpin Gold’s surge with a rising TIPS yield reflecting higher safe-haven demand.

Gold price extended its gains for three consecutive days after last week’s economic data from the United States (US) revealed that inflation remains above the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) target. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Producer Price Index (PPI) in January exceeded the consensus, catching traders off guard, which trimmed the odds for a Fed rate cut in March and May. That sponsored a leg-up in the Greenback (USD), which has remained on the defensive since last Tuesday. The XAU/USD exchanges hands at $2016.30.

Traders seeking protection turned to the yellow metal following the latest inflation reports. Additionally, the fall in US Treasury bond yields, particularly the 10-year note that hit a year-to-date (YTD) high of 4.332%, retraced four basis points to 4.293%. Consequently, real yields, which correlate negatively with Gold prices, fell from around 2.04% reached on Wednesday to 1.950%, as reflected by the yield on the US 10-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) yield.

Daily digest market movers: Gold advanced despite investors pushing back Fed rate cuts to June
The CME FedWatch Tool sees traders expect the first 25 bps rate cut by the Fed in June 2024.
As of today, investors are pricing in 97 basis points of easing throughout 2024.

The latest inflation reports from the US triggered a change of language from Fed officials, who struck a “cautious” tone. Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic suggested the Fed is in no rush to ease policy, saying the Fed could be patient.
In regard to that, San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly stated, “We will need to resist the temptation to act quickly when patience is needed and be prepared to respond agilely as the economy evolves.”
This week, the US economic schedule will feature the release of the latest Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) Minutes alongside Fed officials’ speeches beginning on Wednesday.
Traders will get further cues from US S&P Global PMIs, Initial Jobless Claims data and the Chicago Fed National Activity Index, usually a prelude to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing PMI.
Technical Analysis: Gold stays above 100-day SMA, eyes key resistance near $2,030

Source: Fxstreet