MTECHTIPS;-Gold Remains Near One-Year Low

MTECHTIPS;-Gold Remains Near One-Year Low

MTECHTIPS-Gold prices were steady near a one-year low on Wednesday as a higher dollar and comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell continued to weigh. Comex gold futures for August delivery decreased 0.29% to $1,223.80 a troy ounce as of 10:46 AM ET (14:46 GMT). Powell reiterated the central bank should gradually increase interest rates at his hearing at Congress on Tuesday. Trade tensions and fiscal policy made the future uncertain, he added. The Fed raised rates twice this year and is expected to raise rates at least once more before the end of the year. Higher rates are a negative for gold as the precious metal, which does not pay interest, struggles to compete with yield-bearing assets when rates rise. The central bank chairman was back on the Hill a second day, delivering testimony to the House Financial Services Committee. Meanwhile the dollar rallied, which also weighed on the metal. Gold falls as the dollar rises, as the precious metal is denominated in the U.S. currency and is sensitive to moves in the dollar

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