Gold gains after U.S. Fed ramps up support measuresGold gains after U.S. Fed ramps up support measures
FILE PHOTO: Gold bars and coins are stacked in the safe deposit boxes room of the Pro Aurum gold house in Munich

By Brijesh Patel

(Reuters) – Gold rose on Tuesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve widened its program of buying corporate debt to combat the financial toll of the pandemic as worries grow about a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Spot gold was up 0.3% to $1,730.05 per ounce by 0318 GMT after falling more than 1% in the previous day. U.S. gold futures rose 0.6% to $1,737.80.

“The Fed pushing ahead with further stimulus measures, including these corporate bonds, indicates that this type of monetary easing is going to continue for some time,” said ANZ analyst Daniel Hynes.

“There are enough concerns around economic outlook to keep investor demand for gold pretty solid.”

Improving risk sentiment could, however, curtail additional investor appetite for gold, Hynes added.

Gold tends to benefit from widespread stimulus measures from central banks because it is widely viewed as a hedge against inflation and currency debasement.

The Fed said it will start purchasing corporate bonds on Tuesday in the secondary market, sparking a risk-on move that sent global stocks higher and weighed on the U.S. dollar.

The Bank of Japan said it expects to pump around 110 trillion yen ($1 trillion) to the economy via its market operations and lending facilities.

Global cases of the novel coronavirus reached over 8 million on Monday, as infections surge in Latin America and the United States and China grapple with fresh outbreaks.

“Increasing infections imply economic weakness, need for continued further economic (fiscal and monetary support), which are all supportive of gold,” said National Australia Bank economist John Sharma.

Elsewhere, palladium climbed 2.1% at $1,947.37 per ounce, platinum jumped 1.2% to $820.68, having dipped to a one-month low on Monday.

Silver eased 0.3% to $17.37, but held above last session’s near three-week low.

(Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)