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Gold Futures Flat as Caution Sweeps Market After Terrorist Attack

May 23, 2017 at 13:53 by Andrew Moran

Gold futures are trading flat on Tuesday as investors remain cautious following Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester. The yellow metal is pulling back from three-week highs as traders start to take profits amid a firmer US dollar.

June gold futures rose $1.20, or 0.10%, to $1,262.60 per ounce at 13:34 GMT on Tuesday. Gold prices finished Monday’s trading session at their highest levels since the beginning of May. Gold posted its best weekly gain in five weeks last week.

Silver is mustering up a rally. July silver futures climbed $0.09, or 0.55%, to $17.28 an ounce.

Caution is sweeping the financial markets on Tuesday. Following Monday’s deadly terrorist attack in the UK, which killed at least 22 people, the sterling was impacted compared to the greenback. The US dollar traded at a six-month low as it jumped 0.1%. A strong US dollar is bad for commodities like gold and silver because it makes it more expensive for foreign investors to purchase.

Gold was also affected by increased expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at next month’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. According to the CME Group FedWatch tool, there is a 75% chance the US central bank will pull the trigger on a rate hike. Gold is sensitive to a rising-rate environment because it lifts the opportunity cost and sends investors into yield-bearing assets.

Rate hike expectations have been fluctuating this month due to geopolitical tensions, White House turmoil, and mixed US economic data. Gold has been supported in May because of what’s occurring in Washington, North Korea, and the Middle East.

Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari and Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker are scheduled to deliver speeches on Tuesday. Investors will be combing through their prepared remarks to find any hints pertaining to a potential June rate hike.

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