Gold prices fell smartly in Asia as the Federal Reserve said it may need to hike rates - 15 Dec 2016

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Gold prices fell smartly in Asia as the Federal Reserve said it may need to hike rates three times in 2017 as it made a widely expected nudge up in its policy rate on Wednesday.Gold futures on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped 1.66% to $1,144.35 a troy ounce, while silver futures plunged 2.26% to $16.832 a troy ounce.

Overnight, gold prices fell on the Federal Reserve interest rate hike and provided guidance of as many as three increases next year, with investors focused on plans by President-elect Donald Trump to cut taxes and spend heavily on infrastructure.


LME copper is expected to range between USD 5,660-5,750/mt during Asian trading hours on Thursday and SHFE 1702 copper will move at RMB 46,200-46,900/mt.

December manufacturing PMIs from US, Germany and Europe, New York Fed’s and Philadelphia Fed’s manufacturing index in December and US November CPI will be released today. After the Fed hiked interest rate, base metals will diverge today given strong US dollar.

The Fed hiked interest rate at its December policy meeting. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said they expect to raise interest rate for three times in 2017 and 2018, respectively, driving up the US dollar to as high as 102.35, the highest in 13.5 years. Crude oil fell below USD 51/bbl., and gold and silver plunged.


Oil prices dropped on Thursday as a hike in U.S. interest rates drove money away from commodities and into U.S. bonds and the dollar, but a tighter fuel market looms in 2017 due to planned production cuts led by OPEC and Russia.

Those losses came on the back of declines seen late on Wednesday, when crude fell over 3 percent due to a strong dollar.

The greenback shot close to 14-year highs against a basket of other currencies as the U.S. Federal Reserve raised rates for the first time in a year.

A stronger dollar, in which oil is traded, can hit crude demand as it makes fuel purchases more expensive for countries using other currencies at home.

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