Gold prices dipped for a second session on Wednesday as global equities and the dollar rose after strong U.S. manufacturing data that rekindled speculation of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year.
Spot gold slipped 0.2 percent to $1,230 an ounce by 0053 GMT, after dropping 0.5 percent in the previous session. Upbeat U.S. manufacturing data and another jump in oil prices on Tuesday pushed a leading stocks gauge, MSCI’s global gauge of equity markets, to its highest in nearly two months.
Data on Tuesday showed U.S. manufacturing appeared to stabilize in February, with production accelerating and new orders holding steady at higher levels. The economic outlook was further bolstered by another report on construction spending that scaled a more than eight-year high in January.
The U.S. dollar rebounded against the yen and hit one-month highs against the euro on Tuesday. Gold has gained 16 percent so far this year as turmoil in equity markets and concerns over the global economy triggered speculation that the Fed will not raise U.S. interest rates any further this year. The U.S. central bank hiked rates for the first time in nearly a decade in December.
Investors will be watching more U.S. data to gauge the strength of the economy, with the most important one being U.S. nonfarm payrolls on Friday. For now, gold was seeing support from flows into bullion-backed exchange traded funds (ETF). * Assets in SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s top gold ETF, rose 1.15 percent to 786.20 tonnes on Tuesday, the highest since September 2014. In physical markets, India’s gold imports in January surged 62 percent compared with the same period last year, news agency NewsRise Financial reported on Tuesday citing a government.