Investing.com — Gold prices moved little in early trade on Monday as markets awaited more cues on the U.S. economy this week, while copper prices rose on data signaling some strength in the Chinese manufacturing sector.
The yellow metal found some support as a drop in the – the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge – weighed on the dollar and triggered a rally across most asset classes.
But still remained high, a trend that is expected to keep the Fed raising interest rates in the near-term. The high core reading, coupled with some signs of resilience in the U.S. economy, saw markets pricing in a the Fed will hike rates later in July.
Rising interest rates are expected to limit any potential gains in gold, as is improving risk appetite.
fell 0.1% to $1,917.24 an ounce, while fell 0.2% to $1,925.15 an ounce by 22:07 ET (02:07 GMT).
Gold rises 5% in H1, but outlook cloudy
Bullion prices rose 5% in the first half of 2023, having benefited from some safe haven demand as global economic conditions deteriorated.
While the yellow metal also rose to record highs in May, it has since relinquished a bulk of those gains on the prospect of rising U.S. interest rates. Rising rates push up the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as gold.
Signs of resilience in the U.S. economy have also dented the safe haven appeal of the yellow metal, as an upward revision in saw markets trim their expectations for a U.S. recession this year.
A slew of U.S. economic data, including and business activity readings, is on tap this week, and is expected to provide more cues to gold. The are also due on Wednesday.
While the Fed had held rates steady in June, Chair Jerome Powell still flagged at least two more rate hikes this year.
Copper buoyed by stronger-than-expected Chinese PMI
Among industrial metals, copper prices rose on Monday as a showed that manufacturing activity in the world’s largest copper importer grew slightly more than expected in June.
rose 0.7% to $3.7895 a pound after losing little over 1% in the first half of 2023.
The Caixin survey showed that some facets of China’s biggest economic driver still remained resilient despite slowing activity in the rest of the country. The reading contrasted released last week, which showed manufacturing activity shrank for a third straight month in June.