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Gold Bullion Holds $1200 as US Inflation Confirms 5-Year High Before Fed, But Crude Oil Sinks

GOLD BULLION gave back a 0.6% rally in London lunchtime Tuesday, retreating as new US data confirmed that tomorrow's Federal Reserve decision on raising interest rates will come as price inflation rises at the fastest pace in 5 years.
Versus a rising US Dollar gold bullion touched $1207 per ounce before easing back, but held above Friday's 5-week lows beneath the $1200 mark.
Silver prices meantime fell again below $17 per ounce, 
Led by crude oil and other energy costs, the US Producer Price Index – compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to show the change in sales prices realized for domestic-made goods and services – jumped to 2.2% annual inflation in February, the fastest pace since March 2012.
Data for US Consumer Price inflation – last reported at a 5-year high of 2.5% per annum,  above the Fed's 2.0% target – are due tomorrow, just before the Fed's decision.
Analysts' consensus forecasts predict a reading of 2.7% for February's CPI, the fastest acceleration since Feb' 2012.
Energy prices fell Tuesday however, with crude oil – after hitting 18-month highs in February – extending the last 3 weeks' slump after new data showed Saudi Arabia reversing one-third of January's cut last month.
Despite leading oil-cartel Opec's quota cuts in late 2016, that took output from Saudi Arabia back above 10 million barrels per day.
Falling below $45 per barrel of US benchmark-grade WTI today, crude oil prices have now lost 13% since 23 February.
US Treasury bond yields also retreated Tuesday as energy prices fell, pulling the 10-year yield down from 20-month highs above December's 2.60% peak, set when gold prices hit near 2016-lows at $1160 per ounce.
Adjusted for market-based inflation forecasts, real 10-year yields have yet to reach December's 11-month highs above 0.74% per annum.
Chart of 10-year US T-bond yields adjusted by 10-year breakeven rates vs. gold price
Gold, silver and platinum prices remain in a bear market, according to a note from analysts at US investment bank Morgan Stanley, thanks to "stable global growth and proactive inflation management" by central banks led by the Fed.
Rival Goldman Sachs thinks investors should stay bullish on raw materials, because "concerns" over slower Chinese growth "are misplaced...
"The market needs a little patience to wait for the fundamentals to materialize."
UK retail and investment bank Barclays (LON:BARC) also says it remains "bullish" on crude oil prices from here to 2020.
One of the Bank of England's 5 most senior policymakers meantime resigned today, with deputy governor for banking Charlotte Hogg – daughter of expenses scandal-hit  former MP, hereditary peer and unelected Lord Douglas Hogg – admitting she failed to disclose her brother's investment banking job at Barclays (LON:BARC), one of the 3 largest institutions overseen by her team, thereby breaching a 'conflict of interest' rule she herself helped write.
The Bank of England is due to announce its latest rates and QE policy on Thursday, just as UK prime minister Theresa May has finally got approval from lawmakers to trigger the 2-year Article 50 exit from the European Union.
Gold bullion priced in Sterling today rallied back to last week's finish at £990 per ounce as the Pound fell again on the FX market following the Brexit Bill being passed by Parliament.

Adrian Ash

Adrian Ash, BullionVault Gold News

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the world-leading physical gold, silver and platinum market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and he has now been researching and writing daily analysis of precious metals and the wider financial markets for over 20 years. A frequent guest on BBC radio and television, Adrian is regularly quoted by the Financial Times, MarketWatch and many other respected news outlets, and his views from inside the bullion market have been sought by the Economist magazine, CNBC, Bloomberg, Germany's Handelsblatt and FAZ, plus Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore.

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