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Wednesday, 07 December 2022 02:07 GMT

Fed Rate Hike, Dollar Surge Seen Headwinds For Gold


(MENAFN- Gulf Times)

Market conditions are proving toxic for gold prices, Emirates NBD said and noted the Federal Reserve rate hike and dollar surge are headwinds for the precious metal.
Metals prices will struggle in the near term as a combination of slowing global growth, tighter monetary policy and a near complete aversion to risk assets weighs on both precious and industrial metals.
Gold prices are already down nearly 10% year-to-date while a broad measure of industrial metals, the London Metal Exchange Index (LMEX) has fallen more than 20%, noted Edward Bell, senior director (Market Economics) at Emirates NBD.“Further downside may be in store particularly as demand conditions will ebb,” he said.
Market conditions are proving toxic for gold prices. The Fed has so far hiked policy rates by 300bps this year, as of late September, and we expect that they will add another 125bps before the year ends.
After a tortuous journey to moving from highly accommodative policy to restrictive, the move higher in policy rates has also pushed Treasury yields higher, both in nominal and real terms. The 10yr UST yield had added 226bps since the start of the year while the similar maturity TIPS yield has moved up 250bps.
With the Fed not showing any signs of moderating their approach to tightening policy, Treasury yields will likely be able to extend their moves higher and attract macro investor interest away from gold, traditionally also seen as a haven asset.
A surge in the dollar, generally a negative for all USD-denominated commodities, has also been a headwind for gold prices. As the dollar remains strong both against developed market (witness the collapse in British pound) and emerging market peers, gold prices will struggle given the strong negative correlation in place between moves in the broad dollar index and gold.
While gold prices in dollars may have fallen, the depreciation in currencies in some core markets for physical demand means that gold is still relatively expensive. Gold prices in Chinese yuan renminbi (CNY) terms are up by 1.7% ytd while in Indian rupee (INR) terms they are down just 0.8% ytd, Emirates NBD noted.
A broader collapse in financial markets — major sell-offs have been underway in equity and corporate credit markets — may also mean investors cut any remaining gold positions to cover losses elsewhere. Futures positioning in gold markets among managed money participants has fallen to a net short position.
Longs have fallen by more than 102k contracts since gold hit a peak of USD2,050/troy oz in early March in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine while short positions have expanded by 76k.
“We expect the currency weakness in gold prices to persist in Q4, 2022 with a target for an average of $1,650/troy oz. In 2023 gold prices should recover modestly to an average over the year of $1,725/troy oz though that still leaves them down 3% year-on-year on 2022.
“We expect to see a similar trend repeated across the rest of the precious metals complex though with their heavier use in industrial processes, silver, platinum and palladium prices may linger for longer at relatively lower levels,” Emirates NBD noted.

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