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Gold continues to rally amid expectations of a slowdown in U.S. rate hikes

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The dollar will continue to fall

Gold prices continued to rally and touched the highest since March 2022, after weak U.S. job openings data revived expectations of a slower Fed rate hike. Spot Gold Price rose 0.2% to $2,023.93 a troy ounce.

Analysts believe gold has a good chance to consolidate above the $2,000 level as the weakening outlook for interest rates reduces the opportunity cost of owning the non-interest-bearing precious metal.

“God loves a trinity: gold probed above the $2,000 level in both August 2020 and March 2022. This time around, the precious metal looks like it could maintain momentum as dark clouds thicken over the economy,” said analyst Ross Norman.

He said weak economic data shifted the focus from fighting inflation to bailing out the economy.

Gold rose 2 percent Tuesday after data pointed to a cooling labor market as the number of U.S. job openings in February fell to its lowest since May 2021.

The dollar index to a basket of six major currencies 

DXY was slightly moved at 101.67, near a two-month low. The dollar’s retreat made the precious metal more attractive to holders of other currencies.

The euro-area economic recovery gained momentum last month, but the rebound was uneven across countries. A Reuters poll showed the ECB may raise rates by 25 basis points during meetings in May, June and July.

While markets expect a pause in U.S. rate hikes in May, Cleveland Fed Governor Loretta Mester said the regulator is likely to raise rates more than once more, pushing the maximum borrowing cost above 5%. Traders are also waiting for U.S. nonfarm payrolls data on Friday.

Earlier we reported that Argentina had promised to give up the dollar.


World shares at 13-month peak as Wall St scales 2023 highs

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U.S. shares struck new highs for the year on Friday and helped lift world stocks to a 13-month peak, as rising bets that the Federal Reserve will skip a rate hike next week overshadowed worries about U.S. markets being drained of cash.

Helped by a surge in Tesla Inc TSLA, which jumped as much as 5.7%, the S&P 500 SPX rose to levels last seen in August before paring gains. It finished higher 0.1%, the best close since Aug. 16. The Nasdaq Composite IXIC added 0.13%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJI rose 0.16%.

Over in Europe, the STOXX 600 SSXXP index lost 0.13%, but MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) jumped 0.74% overnight. Combined with gains on Wall Street, the MSCI’s broadest index of world stocks IIACWI added 0.18% at a 13-month high. For the week, the index for world stocks might notch a 0.6% rise.

“As of today, the S&P 500 is back in a bull market,” said Arthur Hogan, chief market strategist at Briley Wealth, noting that the index finished Thursday with a 20% gain off its recent lows. “The one thing that could tip over the apple cart is an over-aggressive Fed.”

Refinitiv data showed the S&P 500 up 20% from its Oct. 12 closing low. The most commonly accepted definition of a bull market is a 20% rise off a low, and a 20% decline from a high for a bear market, but that is open to interpretation.

Traders now lay 73% odds (FEDWATCH) on the Fed keeping rates steady on June 14, in a range of 5%-5.25%, pausing its most aggressive hiking cycle since the 1980s.

Bets for a pause were supported by data on Thursday that showed the number of Americans filing new jobless claims surged to a more than 1 1/2-year high, indicating a loosening labour market that could further quell inflation.

Investors also hope the Fed will pause its rate rise campaign as a quirk of the U.S. debt ceiling negotiations has posed a potential threat to market liquidity.

The U.S. government is expected to rush to sell short-term debt to replenish its Treasury General Account (TGA), potentially at yields so high that banks raise deposit rates to compete for funding, reducing interest in riskier assets like equities.

“We’re all worried about liquidity,” said Ben Jones, director of macro research at Invesco. The Fed, he added, “still wants to tighten” policy and therefore may allow the TGA rebuild to drain liquidity from markets without stepping in to provide other support tools.

This fear was not dominating trading on Friday, however.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell said on May 19 it was still unclear whether U.S. interest rates will need to rise further, and the risks of overtightening or undertightening had become more balanced.

Uncertainty about the U.S. rates outlook supported Treasury yields.

Two-year Treasury yields (US2YT=RR), which are extremely sensitive to monetary policy expectations, rose to 4.602%, while the yield on benchmark 10-year notes US10YT=RR climbed to 3.743%.

The U.S. dollar index DXY, which measures the performance of the U.S. currency against six others, rebounded 0.21% to 103.47.

The euro EURUSD slipped 0.32% to $1.0748, just below Thursday’s two-week high of $1.0787.

Elsewhere, the Turkish lira USDTRY hit a new record low overnight of 23.54 per dollar, even as President Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of a U.S. banker as central bank chief sent a strong signal for a return to more orthodox policy.

Erdogan last week put well-regarded former finance minister Mehmet Simsek back in the post. Simsek said this week that the guiding principles for the economy would be transparency, consistency, accountability and predictability.

Leading crypto asset bitcoin BTCUSD dipped 0.2% to $26,450 after crypto exchange Binance said it was suspending dollar deposits and would soon pause fiat currency withdrawal channels following a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission crackdown.

Crude oil edged higher but gains were tempered by a report that the United States and Iran were close to a nuclear deal, although denials from both parties kept it off the previous session’s lows.

The prospect of a deal, which reportedly included scope for an additional 1 million barrels per day of Iranian supply, initially dented crude prices.

Brent crude futures whipsawed over the course on Friday, and ended down 1.3% at $74.98 a barrel. West Texas Intermediate crude CL1! ALOST LOST 1.3% at $70.38 a barrel.

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Dollar Lost 0.42% to 139.38 Yen

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Dollar/Japanese yen: 139.38 Japanese yen per dollar (0.0072 dollar per Japanese yen).

  • This week the dollar lost 0.42% vs. the Japanese yen
  • Down for two straight weeks
  • Down 0.89% over the last two weeks
  • Largest two-week percentage decline since Friday, March 24, 2023
  • Today the dollar gained 0.33% vs. the Japanese yen
  • Up three of the past four sessions
  • Off 7.17% from its 52-week high of 150.149 hit Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022
  • Up 9.01% from its 52-week low of 127.86 hit Friday, Jan. 13, 2023
  • Rose 3.70% vs the Japanese yen from 52 weeks ago
  • Month-to-date it is up 0.03% vs the Japanese yen
  • Year-to-date the dollar is up 6.30% vs the Japanese yen
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Dollar Index Falls 0.56% This Week to 97.22

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The WSJ Dollar Index is down 0.54 point or 0.56% this week to 97.22

  • Largest one-week point and percentage decline since the week ending May 5, 2023
  • Down for two consecutive weeks
  • Down 0.84 point or 0.86% over the last two weeks
  • Largest two-week point and percentage decline since the week ending March 24, 2023
  • Today it is up 0.10 point or 0.10%
  • Largest one-day point and percentage gain since Friday, June 2, 2023
  • Up three of the past four trading days
  • Off 7.54% from its 52-week high of 105.14 hit Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022
  • Up 3.01% from its 52-week low of 94.37 hit Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023
  • Rose 0.49% from 52 weeks ago
  • Month-to-date it is down 0.81%
  • Year-to-date it is up 0.66 point or 0.69%
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