Gold slips, faces second monthly drop as yields, dollar climb

Gold slips, faces second monthly drop as yields, dollar climb
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BENGALURU (May 31): Gold prices dropped on Tuesday (May 31) as a higher dollar and rising US Treasury yields weighed on demand for greenback-priced bullion, which is set for a second straight monthly loss for the first time since March 2021.

Fundamentals

Spot gold was down 0.5% at US$1,847.50 (about RM8,083.74) per ounce as of 0057 GMT. US gold futures were down 0.4% at US$1,850.40.

Gold prices are down about 2.6% so far this month, their most since September.

The dollar index rose, making bullion more expensive for buyers holding other currencies.

Benchmark US 10-year Treasury yields leaped on Tuesday after bond markets in the US were closed in the previous session for the Memorial Day holiday, lowering the appeal of zero-yield gold.

The US Federal Reserve should be prepared to raise interest rates by a half percentage point in every meeting from now on until inflation is decisively curbed, Fed governor Christopher Waller said on Monday as the central bank battles to bring down high inflation.

Higher short-term US interest rates raise the opportunity cost of holding bullion.

Spot silver dipped 0.7% to US$21.80 per ounce, and has fallen about 4.1% so far this month.

Platinum fell 0.8% to US$951.31, but is still set for its first monthly gain in three of about 2.1%.

Palladium eased 0.2% to US$2,029.61, and has dipped about 12.6% this month, its most since November.