Bullion’s had a rocky start to the year as the higher Treasury yields weighed on demand for the non-interest-bearing metal and as the roll-out of vaccinations worldwide spurred optimism about a recovery from the pandemic. Over the weekend, the US House of Representatives passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid-19 aid package and the bill now heads to the Senate.
rose 1.2 per cent to $1,754.81 an ounce by 6:53 a.m. in London, after slumping 2.1 per cent to the lowest close since mid-June on Friday. That brought the loss in February to 6.2 per cent, the most since November 2016. Silver, platinum and palladium all climbed. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.3 per cent.
continue to signal the end of the interest rate reduction cycle,” said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets.
“If the inflationary pressures reflected by sharply lower bond prices are evident by mid-year, central banks will have little choice but to wind back their current support. A falling gold price shows that the main concerns are about higher rates, over-riding any safe haven attraction to the yellow metal.”
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