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Gold price remains firm on increased Fed rate cut bets, Middle East crisis

Gold price (XAU/USD) continues to enjoy decent demand on Monday’s European session amid multiple tailwinds. The precious metal is attracting investments as market participants seem more convinced about the Federal Reserve (Fed) reducing borrowing costs from March after the release of the surprisingly soft Producer Price Index (PPI) numbers for December.

Investors expect that a decline in the prices of goods and services at their factory gates will eventually result in easing inflation pressures further. This also suggests that inflation is progressively declining towards the 2% target.

Meanwhile, the appeal for Gold has also improved due to escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. US and the UK military have launched airstrikes targeting Houthis in retaliation for attacking commercial shipments of Oil in the Red Sea. This has deepened fears of an escalating war in Gaza amid the potential participation of Iran in the Israel-Hamas war.

Daily digest market movers: Gold price clings to gains on renewed Fed cut bets

  • Gold price shows stabilization above the crucial support of $2,050, supported by persistent rate cut expectations and a potential spillover of the Middle East crisis.
  • Investors’ confidence that the Federal Reserve (Fed) will reduce interest rates from March has increased after the release of the softer-than-projected United States PPI report for December.
  • The annual PPI grew 1.0%, slower than the 1.3% anticipated by investors. The core PPI decelerated to 1.8% against the consensus of 1.9% and the prior reading of 2.0%.
  • Producers cut prices of goods and services at factory gates amid the decline in gasoline and food prices, which indicates a soft outlook for consumer price inflation and increasing odds that interest rates decline from March.
  • As per the CME Fedwatch Tool, chances in favour of a 25-basis-points (bps) interest rate cut to 5.00%-5.25% in March jumped to 70% from 62% after the PPI report.
  • Fed policymakers continue to reiterate the need to maintain interest rates in a restrictive trajectory to ensure that underlying inflation will return to 2% in a timely manner.
  • The next trigger for Gold price will be the monthly US Retail Sales data for December and the Fed’s Beige Book, which will be released on Wednesday.
  • Investors expect the US monthly Retail Sales to have grown by 0.4% against a 0.3% jump in November. Retail sales excluding automobiles are seen growing steadily by 0.2%.
  • On the global front, fears of a widening Israel-Hamas war have escalated after the airstrikes from the US and the UK on Houthis..
  • Deepening Middle East tensions have improved demand for non-yielding assets.
  • Meanwhile, the US Dollar Index (DXY) is stuck in a tight range around 102.50 amid lower trading volume as US markets are closed on account of Martin Luther King Birthday. The 10-year US Treasury yields have rebounded to near 3.98%.

Source: FXstreet