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Gold Set To Have Its Best Quarter Since The Beginning of The Pandemic

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EDITOR'S NOTE: There’s a tricky and often mesmerizing illusion that comes with day-to-day volatility. Financial media reports on it because viewers often crave it, and their market response is sometimes evident. There’s the famous “drunken sailor walk” that’s characteristic of many assets. Yet, the best way to walk along someone zig-zagging is to stay on a straight path. The “net direction” is what matters. So, with all of the recent drama in the gold market, we’re still seeing gold’s best quarter in two years. The reason shouldn’t surprise anyone: inflation and the Ukraine war. How does this play out on an Intermarket level, and where might gold be heading? The CNBC article below summarizes the big picture. Read on.

Gold on Thursday was headed for its best quarter since the coronavirus pandemic-led surge in mid-2020 as concerns over soaring consumer prices and the Ukraine crisis bolstered bullion’s safe-haven appeal.

Spot gold was up 0.4% at $1,941.11 per ounce by 10:45 a.m. ET. For the month, bullion was up nearly 1.8%.

U.S. gold futures rose 0.3% to $1,945.40.

“The geopolitical situation has been dragging for a month now and inflation data continues to rise. So the overall sentiment in this market right now is people looking for safety,” RJO Futures senior market strategist Bob Haberkorn said.

Gold is considered a safe investment during times of political and financial uncertainty.

Data showed U.S. consumer spending slowed significantly in February, while price pressures continued to mount, with the largest annual spike in inflation since the early 1980s.

Russia’s invasion, which began on Feb. 24, has fuelled a rally in oil prices and industrial metals.

“We could see a pullback in gold if there is some positive news that comes out of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, but I think traders will look at that as a buying opportunity because of inflation fears,” Haberkorn said.

The Federal Reserve has hinted toward aggressive rate hikes this year to fight against soaring inflation, which investors fear could send the U.S. economy into a recession.

A pullback in benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields on Thursday also supported gold.

Silver gained 0.6% to $24.99 per ounce. Platinum XPT= fell 0.9% to $981.04. Both metals were set for quarterly gains.

Palladium rose 0.6% to $2,280.63 and was headed for its biggest quarterly jump since March 2020.

The auto-catalyst hit a record high of $3,440.76 per ounce earlier this month after the West heaped sanctions on top-producer Russia, before giving up most of the gains as supply fears eased.

Originally published on CNBC.

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