Gold futures were trading at their highest level in three weeks on Tuesday, while silver traded at its highest level since June, as precious metals added to their strong gains from the prior session.
Analysts attributed the advance in precious metals prices over the past week to a pullback in Treasury yields and the U.S. dollar.
- Gold futures GCZ22, +1.96% GC00, +1.96% for December delivery advanced $25.50, or 1.5%, to $1,727.50 per ounce on Comex, the highest level for a most-active contract since mid-September.
- Silver futures SIZ22, +3.04% SI00, +3.04% for December delivery climbed 51.1 cents, or 2.5%, to $21.10 per ounce after surging 8% on Monday, the biggest advance for a most-active contract since February 2021. Silver futures were trading at their strongest level for a most-active contract since June.
- December palladium futures PAZ22, +4.58% climbed $119.80, or 5.3%, to $2,352 per ounce, while January platinum PLF23, +4.28% climbed $29.90, or 3.3%, to $930 per ounce.
- December copper HGZ22, +3.12% climbed 5.2 cents, or 1.5%, to $3.4625 per pound.
“Gold has kicked off the final quarter of 2022 on a positive note, thanks to a softer dollar and subdued Treasury yields,” said Lukman Otunuga, manager, market analysis at FXTM.
Market speculation around the Federal Reserve “adopting a less aggressive approach on rate hikes has also sweetened appetite for zero-yielding gold,” he said in market commentary.
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“While prices may push higher over the next few days, the metal’s outlook will be influenced by the U.S. jobs report on Friday,” said Otunuga.
Data released Tuesday showed that job openings in the U.S. fell sharply to 10.1 million in August and touched the lowest level since last fall.
Jim Wyckoff, a senior analyst at Kitco, said gold and silver bulls appear to have gained “some momentum” with prices rebounding after falling for six straight months through the end of September.
“Trading so far this week sees a weaker U.S. dollar, higher crude oil prices, falling U.S. Treasury yields and safe-haven demand — all fueling the runup in the two precious metals’ prices,” he said.