Gold prices rose on Thursday from nine-month lows hit in the previous session, after a break in the dollar's rally alleviated pressure on bullion, but analysts warned that the relief was likely to be temporary.
Spot gold firmed 0.4% to $1,744.89 per ounce by 0634 GMT, as the dollar dipped about 0.2% after reaching 20-year highs on Wednesday, lending support to greenback-priced bullion.
U.S. gold futures rose 0.4% to $1,743.30. "With momentum pointing south, dip buyers are effectively trying to catch a falling knife," said Matt Simpson, senior market analyst at City Index. "$1,721 and $1,700 are potential levels of support for bulls to consider taking a punt ... but until the dollar tops, it likely is a punt." In the previous session, strength in the dollar pushed bullion down as much as 1.9% to $1,731.00, its lowest level since Sept. 30.
"This decline has room to continue," Ilya Spivak, a currency strategist at DailyFX said, adding that if gold falls through the support at $1,715 per ounce, it could head under the $1,700 figure to the vicinity of about $1,680. A deteriorating inflation situation prompted U.S. Federal Reserve officials to rally around an outsized interest rate increase, minutes of the central bank's June 14-15 policy meeting showed on Wednesday.
Trading in gold was volatile over the past month as traders awaited a fresh catalyst for prices, which were hemmed into a range by support from a worsening economic outlook and the weight of an elevated dollar. Higher interest rates and bond yields lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion. Asian stocks managed gradual gains on Thursday as investors grappled with the risks of a possible recession and a potential pause in interest rate hikes.
Spot silver rose 0.8% to $19.34 per ounce, platinum gained 0.7% to $861.73, and palladium climbed 1.1% to $1,926.31. (Reporting by Bharat Govind Gautam in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel and Shounak Dasgupta)