Gold prices fluctuate in India as global cues drive market uncertainty

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Gold prices fluctuate in India as global cues drive market uncertainty

The precious metals market in India saw mixed signals today, with spot Gold prices experiencing a slight decline, while futures showed a modest uptick amidst global economic cues. In the major Indian cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad, Gold was trading between INR 63,120 and INR 63,315 per 10 grams. The Multi Commodity Exchange of India (NS: MCEI ) (MCX) reported that spot Gold dropped to INR 61,175 per 10 grams, with futures edging up to INR 61,130 for the same quantity. Meanwhile, Silver futures contracts fell to INR 72,755 (USD1 = INR83.362) per kilogram.

This price movement comes after a week of significant developments that influenced investor sentiment. On Wednesday, November 22, markets had priced in over a quarter chance of an interest rate reduction by March 2024 following the release of October's inflation figures. Additionally, positive data from the United States on job growth and consumer sentiment strengthened the US dollar , which generally moves inversely to Gold prices.

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes released on Tuesday, November 21, indicated a preference for keeping interest rates high for a more extended period to mitigate inflation. This hawkish view from the Fed created a disparity with the market's expectations for rate cuts, leaving traders in the XAU/USD market hesitant.

Central banks' continued heavy investment in Gold underscores its role as a reliable reserve asset and a safe-haven investment during times of economic uncertainty. Gold’s performance is often inversely correlated with both US dollar value and stock market movements, serving as a hedge against inflation.

Amidst these varying factors, Comex Gold remained stagnant during Asian trading hours today. Investors are navigating the complex interplay between macroeconomic indicators and central bank policies to assess the future trajectory of precious metal prices.

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