Gold ekes out gains as dollar rally takes a breather

Gold ekes out gains as dollar rally takes a breather

Aug 23 (Reuters) - Gold prices edged higher on Tuesday after hitting a near one-month low in the previous session, helped by a slight pullback in the dollar although lingering worries over further aggressive U.S. interest rate hikes kept gains in check.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold XAU= was up 0.2% at $1,738.90 per ounce, as of 0128 GMT, after hitting its lowest since July 27 at $1,727.01 on Monday.

* U.S. gold futures GCv1 gained 0.2% to $1,751.70.

* The dollar USD= eased 0.1% against its rivals after hitting a more than one-month high overnight, making gold less expensive for buyers holding other currencies.

* U.S. central bank officials have "a lot of time still" before they need to decide how large an interest rate increase to approve at their Sept. 20-21 policy meeting, Richmond Federal Reserve President Thomas Barkin said last week.

* Recent hawkish comments from Fed officials have dented bullion's safe-haven appeal. Focus now turns to the Fed's Jackson Hole, Wyoming, symposium due later this week.

* Fed funds futures are now pricing in a 56.5% chance of a 75-basis-point rate hike by the Fed in September. FEDWATCH

* The European Central Bank must keep raising interest rates even if a recession in Germany is increasingly likely, as inflation will stay uncomfortably high all through 2023, Bundesbank President Joachim Nagel said over the weekend.

* SPDR Gold Trust GLD , the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.15% to 987.56 tonnes on Monday from 989.01 tonnes on Friday.

* Zijin Mining 601899.SS is restarting normal production at its Colombia gold mine, a spokesperson said on Monday, after people from the surrounding community ended more than a week of road blockades.

* Spot silver XAG= gained 0.2% to $19.04 per ounce, platinum XPT= rose 0.3% to $877.70, and palladium XPD= climbed 1.5% to $2,023.10.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT)

0500 Japan Chain Stores Sales YY

July

0715 France S&P Global Mfg, Serv, Comp Flash PMIs Aug

0730 Germany S&P Global Mfg, Serv, Comp Flash PMIs Aug

0800 EU

S&P Global Mfg, Serv, Comp Flash PMIs Aug

0830 UK

Flash Comp, Mfg, Serv PMIs

Aug

1345 US

S&P Global Mfg, Serv, Comp Flash PMIs Aug

1400 EU

Consumer Confid. Flash

Aug

1400 US

New Home Sales-Units

July


Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Sherry Jacob-Phillips