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Gold hits an over 2-year low on higher Treasury yields and a firm dollar

Gold dropped to its lowest level since April 2020 on Thursday, hurt by elevated U.S. Treasury yields and a firm dollar, as bets of another hefty rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve eroded bullion’s appeal.

U.S. gold futures last fell 2.1% lower at $1,672.6.

“Today, the biggest factor is yields, (which) seemed pretty strong after taking a little bit of a reprieve,” said Daniel Pavilonis, senior market strategist at RJO Futures.

“This selloff into September, October has really been just on rate adjustments. Rates came off pretty hard and now they’re right back up again and pushing gold lower.”

Prices had briefly pared losses as investors took stock of data that showed U.S. retail sales unexpectedly rose in August, while separate data showed U.S. weekly jobless claims fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 213,000 last week.

Markets have fully priced in an interest rate hike of at least 75 basis points at the end of the Fed‘s policy meeting next week, possibly even as high as 100 basis points. Although gold is considered a safe bet during economic uncertainty, interest rate hikes increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.

Meanwhile, International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva said on Wednesday that central bankers must be persistent in fighting broad-based inflation. Spot silver fell 2.55% to $19.19 per ounce.

“This week’s strength in the U.S. dollar index, along with rising U.S. Treasury yields and some hotter U.S. inflation data, have all combined to keep gold and silver buyers mostly standing on the side-lines,” Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco Metals, said in a note.

Platinum fell 0.2% to $904.01, and palladium lost 1.4% to $2,133.76.

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