Gold posted a second straight weekly gain on safe haven demand

Spot gold ended at $1,972 / ounce in the holiday shortened week, up by $26.7 or 1.37%, posting its second straight weekly gain, as the Ukraine crisis and broadening inflationary pressures lifted the safe-haven metal’s appeal, while investors seemed to look past impending interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. The SPDR Gold ETF witnessed a small up-tick as holdings at the world’s largest Gold Backed ETF grew to 1,099 tonnes on 14th April 2022 from 1,090 as on 8th April 2022. Benchmark 10-year Treasury yields touched the highest since 2019 earlier in the week as traders priced in extra policy tightening, weighing on bullion.

The latest data showed that the US annual inflation rate rose 8.5% in March, accelerating at its fastest pace since December 1981. Meanwhile, investors remained on edge over the Ukraine war after US President Joe Biden announced an additional $800 million in military assistance to Ukraine on Wednesday, ahead of a wider Russian assault expected in eastern Ukraine. Uncertainties and a potential escalation in the Ukraine war have also pushed commodity prices higher, creating a more inflationary environment.

Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller said Wednesday the US economy could handle aggressive tightening as he reiterated support for raising interest rates by a half point next month.

While central banks the world over are racing to tame surging inflation, the European Central Bank on Thursday stuck to its plans to dial back stimulus this year, a move seen as less aggressive in the face of soaring inflation.

Outlook for next week is bullish but a strong dollar is a major headwind for the moment. Couple of an important speech will drag the attention. On 19th April Fed’s Bullard will discuss shape of the US economy and monetary policy. On 21st April Fed chair Jerome Powell and EBC head Lagarde will take part in the IMF panel on the Global Economy. Hence trader may want to wait for a while before taking a decisive call. MCX Gold June future may experience a small technical correction and price may dip to Rs. 52,500 / 10 gram but eventually may rally towards Rs. 54,000 / 10 gram in coming weeks.

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