Gold prices inch up

By Minh Hieu   May 26, 2024 | 09:15 pm PT
Gold prices inch up
A person holds gold jewelry at a shop in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Saigon Jewelry Company gold bar price rose 0.22% to VND89.7 million ($3,522.76) per tael Monday morning.

Gold ring price increased by 0.07% to VND76.45 million per tael. A tael equals 37.5 grams or 1.2 ounces.

Globally, gold prices on Monday drifted higher from a two-week low hit in the previous session as traders gauged fading hopes of U.S. interest rate cuts ahead of a key inflation report due later this week, Reuters reported.

Spot gold was up 0.5% at $2,346.31 per ounce, having touched its lowest since May 9 at $2,325.19 on Friday.

U.S. gold futures rose 0.6% to $2,347.60.

Bullion hit a record high of $2,449.89 earlier last week, but has shed more than $100 since then.

"I suspect gold can manage a small bounce from current levels before retesting the $2,280-$2,300 zone, which could see losses extended if U.S. data continues to outperform," said City Index senior analyst Matt Simpson.

The core personal consumption expenditures price index (PCE), the preferred inflation measure for the U.S. Federal Reserve, is due on Friday.

Bullion is known as an inflation hedge, but higher rates increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding gold.

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