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Gold Prices Tepid, Focus Turns to US Fed in Data-Packed Week

  • Gold speculators raise net long position - CFTC
  • At least 7 U.S. Fed officials due to speak this week
  • Focus on Tuesday's U.S. consumer price index report
  • China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore on holiday

Feb 12 (Reuters) - Gold prices were flat on Monday in holiday-thinned trading, as investors awaited remarks from a slew of U.S. Federal Reserve officials in a data-packed week.

Spot gold held its ground at $2,023.03 per ounce, oscillating in a $5 range, as of 0523 GMT.

U.S. gold futures were also steady at $2,037.10 per ounce.

"Gold is remarkably resilient, given we've seen almost 60 basis points of cuts (for 2024) come out of the market since the January high," said Kyle Rodda, a financial market analyst at

"Positioning is neutral, and if the data deteriorates softening the dollar and deepening U.S. rate cut bets, then gold will shine again. The big risk this week is consumer price index (CPI)-if that comes in hot, another test of $2,000/Oz level could be on the cards"

Trading is expected to be thin during Asian trading hours due to market holidays in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia.

COMEX gold speculators raised their net long position by 10,616 contracts to 82,591 in the week ended Feb. 6, data showed on Friday.

Market participants will focus on U.S. CPI data on Tuesday, retail sales data on Thursday and produce price index (PPI) data on Friday, while also awaiting remarks from atlas 7 Fed officials this week.

Several Fed officials, including Chairman Jerome Powell, have said last week they want to see more evidence inflation will continue to decline before cutting rates.

Traders have all but ruled out a rate cut at the Fed's next meeting in March, according to LSEG's Interest Rate Probability app, IRPR. It shows around a 65% chance of a cut in the May meeting.

Spot platinum was steady at $871.87 per ounce, while palladium rose 0.7% to $865.13, and silver was up 0.5% at $22.71.

Reporting by Harshit Verma in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Sherry Jacob-Phillips

Source: Reuters

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