Informist, Friday, Jul 22, 2022
By Chinmay Mungse
MUMBAI – GOLD contracts on the Multi Commodity Exchange of India and COMEX were trading higher today as investors covered their short positions after the yellow metal contracts hit multi-month lows on the exchanges.
* Gold contracts on COMEX hit a 16-month low of $1,678.40 per ounce, while the same month contract on MCX hit a two-month low of 49,703 rupees per 10 gm on Thursday due to increased expectations of an aggressive monetary policy tightening by major global central banks.
* “The gold market witnessed short covering and bargain buying post the sharp fall on Thursday,” said Veeresh Hiremath, director at Finlit Consulting.
* A fall in the yields on US treasury bonds also supported gold prices in the international markets.
* However, the European Central Bank’s decision to raise interest rates by 50 basis points is expected to cap the upside to gold prices in the later trading sessions, said analysts.
* The US Federal Reserve is also expected to further raise interest rates by 75 basis points in its upcoming meeting on Jul 26-27.
* At 1642 IST, the most active contracts of bullion were:
–June gold was up 0.4% at 50,569 rupees per 10 gm on MCX
–June gold was up 0.5% at $1,721.6 an ounce on COMEX
–September SILVER was down 0.1% at 55,343 rupees per kg on MCX
–-September silver was down 0.1% at $18.695 an ounce on COMEX
* Outlook for the evening session:
–MCX gold seen at 50,300-50,700 rupees
–COMEX gold seen at $1,710-$1,730
–MCX silver seen at 55,000-55,800 rupees
–COMEX silver seen at $18.50-$19.00.
US$1 = 79.85 rupees
IST, or Indian Standard Time, is five-and-a-half hours ahead of GMT
Edited by Michael Correya
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