fed: Gold edges higher as investors await big Fed rate hike move

June 15: Gold prices inched up from a near one-month low on Wednesday, as investors awaited a potentially aggressive and key interest rate hike announcement from the U.S. Federal Reserve as it seeks to combat inflation amid mounting fears of an impending recession.


* Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,810.59 per ounce as of 0051 GMT, after dropping to its lowest since May 16 at $1,803.90 on Tuesday. U.S. gold futures fell 0.1% to $1,811.30.

* Investors have dramatically raised their bets that the Fed will raise interest rates by 75 basis points (bps) rather than 50 bps later in the day, a swing in expectations which has fuelled a violent selloff across world markets.

* Rising short-term U.S. interest rates and bond yields increase the opportunity cost of holding bullion, which yields no interest.

* Benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields edged off a multi-year peak, providing some support to gold.

* World stocks extended losses on Tuesday, while the dollar clung to multi-year highs, as surging inflation led investors to brace for what could be the largest U.S. interest rate hike in 28 years.

* A stronger dollar makes greenback-priced bullion more expensive for buyers holding other currencies.

* SPDR Gold Trust , the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.46% to 1,063.94 tonnes on Tuesday from 1,068.87 tonnes on Monday.

* Spot silver dipped 0.1% to $21.06 per ounce, while platinum gained 0.3% to $921.84, and palladium firmed 0.3% to $1,820.35.

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