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Stable gold prices persist as concerns over Europe’s recession and Fed’s uncertainty linger.

Gold Prices Steady Amid Uncertainty in Fed and Europe

Gold Prices Retain Recent Gains

Gold prices remained stable on Wednesday, holding onto their recent gains as concerns about a recession in the euro zone and weak economic readings continued to support safe-haven demand. The yellow metal saw little movement due to ongoing fears of higher U.S. interest rates, especially after data released on Tuesday showed improved local business activity in October. Despite this, gold remained close to the $2,000 an ounce level, although reaching it in the near-term was uncertain, given the upcoming U.S. economic cues this week. At 01:10 ET (05:10 GMT), gold rose 0.1% to $1,972.51 an ounce, while gold expiring in December fell 0.2% to $1,983.15 an ounce.

Concerns over Europe Recession and Israel-Hamas Conflict Impact Gold Demand

Safe-haven demand for gold receded slightly this week as signs of deescalation in the Israel-Hamas conflict emerged, with Israel postponing a planned ground assault on Gaza. However, weak economic data from the euro zone offset this, raising concerns about a potential recession in the region. Germany, Europe’s largest economy, had already entered a recession earlier this year. These factors created a mixed outlook for gold, with safe-haven demand supported by the euro zone concerns but dampened by the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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Impact of U.S. Economic Cues on Gold Prices

Gold prices were also influenced by upcoming economic cues from the U.S. market. The release of third-quarter GDP data on Thursday and the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge on Friday will provide insights into the resilience of the U.S. economy and the potential direction of interest rates. Any signs of strength in the U.S. economy would give the Fed more room to keep interest rates higher for longer, reducing the safe-haven appeal of gold. Higher interest rates also diminish the appeal of gold as an investment since it offers no yields. The Fed is expected to hold rates steady, but officials have signaled at least one more hike this year and the intention to maintain higher rates until at least the end of 2024.

Copper Prices Affected by China Stimulus News and Euro Zone Recession Concerns

While copper prices fell slightly on Wednesday, news of China’s plan to increase infrastructure spending this year did little to support the metal. The Chinese government announced that it would issue 1 trillion yuan in bonds to stimulate the economy and invest in disaster repair and relief. However, concerns about a potential recession in the euro zone overshadowed this news, indicating weaker industrial demand in the region in the coming months. This uncertainty dampened the impact of China’s stimulus measures on copper prices, which fell by 0.2% to $3.6247 a pound.


  • Gold prices remained steady, supported by safe-haven demand amid concerns of a recession in the euro zone.
  • Fears of higher U.S. interest rates limited major gains in gold, while signs of deescalation in the Israel-Hamas conflict reduced safe-haven demand.
  • Upcoming U.S. economic cues, including GDP data and inflation figures, will influence the direction of gold prices.
  • Copper prices were unaffected by China’s stimulus news due to concerns about a euro zone recession and weaker industrial demand.

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