Gold rose overnight to firm above $US1,500, recovering from a more than 1.0 per cent slide in the previous session as US yields fell on increasing expectations for looser monetary policy to address fears of a global downturn.
Spot gold was up 0.7 per cent at $US1,505.68 per ounce after falling to a near one-week low of $US1,492.10 on Monday.
US gold futures settled up 0.3 per cent to $US1,515.7.
Monday’s correction followed a sharp price rally earlier this month that took gold to six-year highs largely on the back of US-China trade conflict concerns, expectations for further cuts in US interest rates and as the US yield curve inverted for the first time since 2007.
“The yield curve inverting has spooked investors in the US,” said Bob Haberkorn, senior market strategist at RJO Futures, adding “People are kind of looking to buy dips ahead of the Federal Reserve’s minutes coming out and what news will come out at Jackson Hole.”
Investors will closely scan the minutes from the US Fed’s July policy meeting due on Wednesday, with focus on the central bank’s Jackson Hole seminar and the Group of Seven summit this week.
“If they (the Fed) talk about more interest rate cuts for the rest of the year, gold will continue higher, but if they say ‘wait-and-see’, gold will probably sell off,” Haberkorn said.
Lower US interest rates put pressure on the US dollar and bond yields, increasing the appeal of non-yielding bullion.
US stocks were trading slightly lower after a three-day run while US Treasury yields fell as the prospect of more central bank easing boosted demand for government debt.
“Participants will be eager to hear what Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has to say about the future of interest rates, especially now that the bond market has already driven yields sharply lower on the long end,” INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir said in a note.
The shift in sentiment towards riskier assets contributed to a more than 1.2 per cent drop in gold prices on Monday, its biggest daily percentage decline in a month.
But prices have risen 17 per cent this year and more than $US100 so far this month.
Meanwhile, palladium climbed 1.3 per cent to $US1,491.88 per ounce, having earlier hit a more than two-week high of $US1,495.59.
Russia’s Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel), the world’s largest producer of the autocatalyst metal, said the global palladium market will remain in structural deficit this year due to growing demand from the car sector amid tighter emission regulations.
Elsewhere, silver rose above the $US17 per ounce mark, gaining 1.9 per cent to $US17.17, while platinum was little changed at $US850.