Investing.com– Gold prices steadied further above key support levels on Tuesday, but the yellow metal still remained under pressure as markets awaited more cues on monetary policy from the Federal Reserve this week.
Bullion prices saw some relief over the past two sessions, after the Fed’s read lower than expected for May. But the central bank is still expected to hike rates in July.
Substantially weaker-than-expected also ramped up fears of slowing growth, spurring some flows into gold.
But despite recent gains, gold was still trading close to its weakest level in nearly four months. was flat at $1,920.91 an ounce, while steadied at $1,928.55 an ounce by 20:26 ET (00:26 GMT).
Gold moves little ahead of Fed minutes, payrolls data this week
Markets remained largely wary of gold ahead of more cues on the Fed this week, starting with the , due on Wednesday. While the bank had kept rates steady, it had also flagged at least two more hikes this year.
Rising interest rates bode poorly for gold, given that they increase the opportunity cost of holding the yellow metal.
data for June is also due on Friday, and is expected to factor into the Fed’s rate decision later in the month.
Markets are that the Fed will raise rates by 25 basis points in July, given that inflation is still trending well above the central bank’s target range. The prospect of high rates weighed heavily on gold over the past two months, and is expected to limit any major recovery in the yellow metal this year.
Other precious metals were also muted this week. rose 0.2%, while were flat.
Copper rises past weak manufacturing readings
Among industrial metals, copper prices marked a strong start to the week despite soft manufacturing activity data from the U.S. and China.
U.S. activity shrank more than expected in June, while growth in China’s declined through the month, separate surveys showed on Monday.
rose 0.1% to $3.7955 a pound, after rising nearly 0.7% on Monday.
Recent gains in the red metal were largely driven by bargain buying, with copper still trading negative for the year amid concerns that global economic conditions will worsen due to high interest rates and inflation.