Gold fell overnight as equity markets rebounded following positive US economic data while the dollar scaled a near two-month peak ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s policy meeting.
Spot gold was down 0.8 per cent at $US1,568.90 per ounce having touched its highest since January 8 on Monday. US gold futures settled down 0.5 per cent at $US1,569.8.
The S&P 500 rose over 1 per cent, while US 10-year Treasury yields rebounded from a near four-month low. The dollar rose to its highest since December 2.
“There seems to be a little bit of a risk-on tone here. The fears of the coronavirus are still lingering in the market, (but) regardless of these fears there is going to a contingent that is willing to bargain hunt,” said Ryan McKay, a commodity strategist at TD Securities.
“The durable goods number was better-than-expected, so that could be increasing the chances that the Federal Reserve would not be dovish in the FOMC meeting and that is weighing on prices.”
In December, overall orders for durable goods rebounded 2.4 per cent against an expected increase of 0.4 per cent.
However, new orders for key US-made capital goods dropped by the most in eight months, while shipments were weak suggesting that business investment contracted further in the fourth quarter.
The Fed’s first policy meeting of the year is scheduled to start later in the day, where it is widely expected to keep the benchmark interest rates unchanged.
Lower interest rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.
However, concerns that the coronavirus outbreak could hinder the global economy persist, underpinning overall demand for gold, Julius Baer analyst Carsten Menke said.
Reactions to the spreading virus had been very different across markets and the decline in oil prices suggested a slowdown of economic activity in China.
The death toll from the virus reached 106 in China and some health experts are questioning whether Beijing can contain it.
Elsewhere, palladium gained 1.2 per cent to $US2,295.53 per ounce, after falling about 7 per cent on Monday.
“We assume that the correction will continue, as the upswing beforehand was exaggerated in our opinion,” Commerzbank analyst said in a note.
Silver dropped 3.5 per cent to $US17.45, while platinum rose 0.4 per cent to $US986.91.