Investing.com-- Gold prices rose on Wednesday as softer-than-expected inflation data fueled bets that the Federal Reserve was done hiking interest rates, while copper prices rose on optimism over some economic resilience in China.
The yellow metal extended gains after marking its best intraday rise in over three weeks on Tuesday, as the dollar and Treasury yields fell sharply on the prospect of no more interest rate hikes by the Fed.
But bigger gains in gold were still held back by investors pivoting chiefly into risk-heavy assets, with stock and commodity logging stellar gains on Wednesday.
Gold prices were also nursing steep losses over the past week, as safe haven demand receded amid easing fears of the Israel-Hamas war.
Spot gold rose 0.2% to $1,966.32 an ounce, while gold futures expiring in December rose 0.2% to $1,970.00 an ounce by 00:31 ET (05:31 GMT).
US CPI misses expectations, Fed pause bets rise
The dollar languished at over two-month lows after data released overnight showed that U.S. consumer price index inflation grew less than expected in October.
While the reading was still above the Fed’s 2% annual target, it marked some easing in inflation after stronger-than-expected prints for August and September.
The reading sparked renewed bets that the Fed was done raising interest rates for the year, and will likely begin trimming rates by mid-2024. Such a scenario bodes well for gold, given that higher rates push up the opportunity cost of holding bullion.
But given that U.S. rates are set to remain higher for longer, any near-term gains in gold are likely to be limited.
Copper rises on China liquidity bump, positive data
Among industrial metals, copper prices advanced on Wednesday following a string of positive signals from major importer China, which pushed up expectations of steady copper demand in the country.
Copper futures expiring in December rose 0.3% to $3.6878 a pound.
While softness in the dollar aided copper prices, their chief source of support was improving sentiment towards China, after the People’s Bank injected about 600 billion yuan ($82.7 billion) of liquidity into the economy.
The injection was directed largely towards the banking system, and was intended to shore up lending conditions.
Chinese industrial production and retail sales data also beat expectations for October, highlighting some resilience in the economy.