Gold Caught Between Greece and Strong USD

Gold was little changed on Monday, as the impact of a stronger dollar ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting was offset by persistent uncertainty around Greece after debt talks with its creditors stalled.

Spot gold was unchanged at $1,180.90 an ounce by 1143 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for August delivery were up $1.40 an ounce at $1,180.40.

The dollar rose 0.3 percent against a basket of major currencies, making dollar-denominated gold more expensive for holders of other currencies.

Investors hoped the Federal Reserve could offer a clear signal on the timing of its first interest rate hike in nearly a decade during its June 16-17 policy meeting.

“Yellen can now be a bit more optimistic about growth, maybe she will intimate that the path is being prepared for a rate rise (by year-end),” Societe Generale analyst Robin Bhar said.

A rate hike could boost the dollar further, in turn diminishing demand for non-interest-paying gold.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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