Gold futures edged lower Monday but held above the psychologically important level of $1,500 an ounce as traders await this week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting.
“Gold currently remains supported above $1,500 amid the backdrop of Fed rate cut expectations, but unless increased expectations for further rate cuts are cemented post FOMC, the going could get especially tough if the [U.S. dollar] bounces significantly higher on a less dovish Fed,” said Stephen Innes, analyst at AxiTrader, in a note.
A stronger dollar can be a negative for commodities priced in the currency, making them more expensive to users of other currencies.
The Federal Reserve is widely expected to deliver another quarter-point cut to its benchmark interest rate when policy makers conclude a two-day meeting on Wednesday.
U.S.-China trade talks also remain in focus, with Washington and Beijing making noises that suggest they may be nearing agreement behind a so-called phase one deal, which could be detrimental for gold prices, Innes said. Gold found support earlier this year as worries around trade sparked sustained bouts of demand for traditional havens.
December copper HGZ19, +0.26% gained 0.2% to $2.6815 a pound.