Gold prices slip, copper tumbles to 16-month lows on recession fears

Gold prices slip, copper tumbles to 16-month lows on recession fears
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Gold prices slipped on Wednesday, wiping out gains from the prior session, as Treasury yields slid further while the U.S. dollar moved higher.

Meanwhile in industrial metals, prices tumbled, extending losses that have materialized over the past two weeks as recession fears have escalated. Copper prices slumped to their lowest level in 16 months, dating all the way back to the pandemic-inspired price shock that hammered commodities in the spring of 2020.

What are prices doing ?
  • Gold
    futures expiring in August fell $10.90, or 0.6%, to $1,827.50 per ounce.

  • Silver
    for July delivery lost 33 cents, or 1.5%, to trade at $21.09 per ounce.

  • Platinum
    for July delivery fell $9.50, or 1%, to $917.40 per ounce.

  • Palladium
    prices for September delivery fell $24.80, or 1.3%, to $1,829 per ounce.

  • Copper
    for July delivery fell 8 cents, or 2%, per pound.

What analysts are saying

After falling sharply on Tuesday, industrial metals like copper tumbled as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell conceded that a recession in the U.S. was certainly a possibility, although he insisted the Fed wasn’t deliberately trying to provoke one.

“According to Fed Chair Powell, a recession is ‘certainly a possibility,’ as he said yesterday while giving testimony before the Senate. This is likely to continue weighing on metals prices, so we assume that the downward trend will persist for now,” said Daniel Briesemann, a precious and industrial metals analyst at Commerzbank.

Powell will return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify before the House Financial Services Committee. Kit Juckes, global macro strategist at Société Générale, said the fact that “Jay used the ‘R’ word” had unleashed “a fresh round of concern in markets”.

Other markets
  • West Texas Intermediate crude for August delivery
    shed 30 cents, or 0.3%, to $105.96.

  • The ICE U.S. Dollar Index
    a measure of the greenback’s strength against a basket of rivals, advanced 0.4%.

  • The 10-year Treasury yield
    was off 2 basis points at 3.13%.

  • U.S. stocks appeared headed for a bounce at the open as Dow Jones Industrial Average futures
    gained 200 points.

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