Profit booking pulled yellow metal on Monday below psychological mark-$1,250 an ounce. Gold price fell for four weeks in the past five weeks.
Investors are concerned as the US stock index futures turned weaker. The marginal recovery in oil price amid drop in the US dollar puts the Wall Street on cautious note. On the other hand, Asian and European stocks were trading marginally higher on oil price recovery and drop in US dollar.
Gold soared to three-month high early this week as investors switched over to safe have following the concerns about the global economy. The US Federal Reserve indicated a challenging global economy and this may not prevent it from raising interest rate. Gold price reached to $1,127.80 on 27 January and this propelled investors to book profits.
The adverse conditions in the global economy and weaker stocks on Wall Street may prevent the US Federal Reserve from going for a rate hike again. Some analysts forecast four more rate hikes in 2016, while Reuters' poll indicate three times hike this year. The slump in commodities, weaker global markets, slowdown in China's economy and lower oil prices are causes of concerns for the US Fed as these are upsetting the Wall Street.
There is a possibility of an interest rate hike next month, according to two senior officials of the Federal Reserve. Speaking before the House Financial Services Committee during a hearing on financial regulation, Fed Chairperson Janet Yellen said the economy had been growing at a pretty good clip, an indication it might be time to raise short-term interest rates.
The US stocks were beaten down adversely during the third quarter ended September as Wall Street recorded bleak performance in any quarter ever since 2011. Barring limited bargain buying, there was no much buying support in the market.
The state of the U.S. labor market in March will consume economists and investors in the week leading up to Easter, adding to the seesaw debate over when the Federal Reserve will spring its first interest rate hike.