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Gold prices rose on Wednesday on uncertainty about trade talks between the United States and China, which boosted the metal’s safe-haven appeal, but a firmer dollar kept a lid on gains.
The precious metal, which is often used as store of wealth in times of political or economic uncertainty, showed signs of strength after US. President Donald Trump said he was not pleased with recent talks with China.
Trump also said there was a “substantial chance” his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not take place as planned on June 12 amid concerns that Kim is resistant to giving up his nuclear weapons.
But the dollar, in which gold and other commodities are priced, rose versus a basket of currencies, with investors awaiting minutes of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting due later in the day.
“Normally in such a stronger dollar environment gold is trading lower but it’s not and this is indicating there is probably safe-haven flows supporting gold,” said Quantitative Commodity Research consultant Peter Fertig. Spot gold was 0.4 per cent higher at $1,296.42 per ounce as of 1050 GMT, while US gold futures for June delivery rose 0.3 per cent at $1,296 per ounce. Prices remained stuck in a narrow range as investors awaited more clues on the path of US interest rates.
At its previous meeting in May, the US central bank expressed confidence in the economy and kept its benchmark lending rate unchanged. It said inflation was near the bank’s target, leaving the bank on track to raise borrowing costs in June.
Gold is highly sensitive to rising US rates, as these tend to boost the dollar in which the metal is priced. Gold has shown reduced volatility in the last few trading sessions as it attempted a break above $1,300 and prices are “waiting for a new, clear direction,” said ActivTrades chief analyst Carlo Alberto De Casa.
Holdings of the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund (ETF), New York-based SPDR Gold Shares, fell 0.38 per cent to 852.04 tonnes on Monday from 855.28 tonnes on Friday.
“We think gold will be in for a period of consolidation in the short term and are monitoring moves in ETF holdings — which have surprisingly held rather steadily given the move through $1,300 support,” said MKS senior precious metals dealer Alex Thorndike.
In other precious metals, silver inched up 0.1 per cent to $16.54 an ounce and platinum was 0.6 per cent higher at $908.20 an ounce. Palladium eased 0.5 per cent to $986 an ounce.
Gold demand picked up in most Asian centres last week as prices of the yellow metal slid to a six-month low, with gold being sold at a premium in India for the first time in seven weeks.
Gold fell to its lowest in nearly six months on Wednesday as a higher dollar and a technical sell-off overwhelmed safe-haven buying spurred by fears of a trade war between the world’s top two economi
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Gold fell on Friday after stronger than forecast US payrolls data boosted expectations that the Federal Reserve will press ahead with another US interest rate hike this month, lifting the dollar.
Gold prices fell for a second session on Monday after US President Donald Trump revived hopes that he would meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month, lowering political tensions and demand for
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The strong dollar is proving too much of a headwind for gold. Hedge funds and other large speculators pared bullish bets on bullion to the lowest in more than two years as the metal fell below $1,300