Gold marked a seventh straight session decline on Wednesday, with prices settling at their lowest in more than 21 months as the U.S. dollar marched higher.
for August delivery lost $27.40, or nearly 1.6%, to settle at $1,736.50 per ounce, the lowest level for a most-active contract since September 2021. Gold’s seven session drop marked the longest consecutive decline since the seven-session fall ended March 5, 2019, according to Dow Jones Market Data.
Silver futures for July delivery
edged up by 4 cents, or 0.2%, at $19.159 an ounce after five days of declines. They settled Tuesday at the lowest since July 2020.
for October delivery lost $9.80, or nearly 1.2%, to $840.90 per ounce.
for September delivery declined $22.50, or 1.2%, to $1,896.30 an ounce.
for September delivery shed a penny, or 0.2%, to $3.408 per pound.
What analysts are saying
The most obvious factor for gold’s decline is the sharp rise in the dollar, “where the DXY index (a basket of the world’s six most popular currencies) has renewed its highs over the last twenty years,” said Alex Kuptsikevich, senior market analyst at FxPro. “Gold often acts as an ‘anti-dollar with leverage’ for investors, so it was unsurprising to see such a market reaction” on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the ICE U.S. Dollar index
was up 0.5% at 107.03.
Kuptsikevich also said that a continued selloff in industrial metals and the drop in silver, due to the worsening global economic outlook, may have also contributed to the pressure on gold.
“The price of gold is now at its low since late last year,” he said in emailed commentary. “This position simultaneously shows us buyer strength and tremendous potential for a decline.”
In electronic trading Wednesday afternoon, futures prices for the precious metal traded at $1,737 an ounce, showing little change from the settlement/
Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s June meeting, released about a half hour after the gold futures settlement, showed that officials from the central bank viewed moving policy to “restrictive stance” was warranted and that an “even more restrictive stance” might be needed.
weakened against the dollar, sliding to less than 1.02 euros to the dollar.