Gold prices retreat as Treasury yields climb, bank stress eases
Gold and silver futures retreated on Monday as banking-system fears abated and yields on U.S. Treasury bonds climbed, robbing precious metals of some of the safe-haven luster that has helped to fuel a multi-week rally.
- Gold futures due in April
fell by $29, or 1.4%, to $1,955 per ounce on Comex after logging their fourth-straight weekly advance on Friday.
- Silver futures due in May
declined by 12 cents, or 0.6%, to $23.20 per ounce.
- Palladium futures due in June
retreated by $8.40, or 0.6%, to $1,406 per ounce, while platinum futures due in April
declined by $10.20, or 1%, to $973.70 per ounce.
- Copper futures due in May
fell by 2 cents, or 0.4%, to $4.06 per pound.
Gold has transformed into “a barometer for financial stress” over the past month, said Marios Hadjikyriacos, senior investment analyst at XM.
Whether the precious metals continue to climb will depend on several factors, including how the financial system fares and whether the Federal Reserve interest rate cuts that are being priced in by futures traders actually happen, he added.
“As things stand, ‘peak stress’ seems to have passed, so there’s a risk of a retracement after this fierce rally in gold,” Hadjikyriacos said.
Treasury yields climbed on Monday, with the yield on the 10-year note
up more than 8 basis points at 3.468%.
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