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Gold dips as stock markets cheer US-China trade optimism

Reuters October 14 | Updated on October 14, 2019 Published on October 14, 2019

Spot gold dropped 0.2 per cent to $1,485.86 per ounce.   -  Getty Images/iStockphoto

Gold is generally used by investors as a hedge against political and financial uncertainty.

Gold prices eased on Monday, extending falls for a third session as optimism surrounding US-China trade talks increased risk appetite, while a slight uptick in dollar also weighed on prices.

Spot gold dropped 0.2 per cent to $1,485.86 per ounce as of 0330 GMT, having shed 1 per cent in the previous week. Prices were set to decline for three consecutive daily sessions. US gold futures inched up 0.1 per cent to $1,490.20 per ounce.

“Gold is not moving on gold fundamentals, it is moving on whatever is going on with the trade situation,” OANDA analyst Jeffrey Halley said. “The trade deal was short on detail, but is still going to be enough to probably support risk, and that will be negative for gold.”

US President Donald Trump on Friday outlined the first phase of a deal to end the protracted Sino-US trade war and suspended a threatened tariff hike, the biggest step by the two countries in 15 months.

Read more: US suspends October tariff hike on China

Asian stock markets cheered the news, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan up 0.5 per cent. Read the Asian stock markets report here

“The positive headline is encouraging. However, we saw the same move before in April .... This time may be different as timing could be the catalyst for both sides to go ahead with the talk without derailing the situation,” OCBC Bank said in a note referring to the U.S.-China trade talks.

Singapore's central bank eased monetary policy for the first time in three years on Monday, with the city-state's economy narrowly dodging recession in the midst of the long-drawn trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

Also read: Singapore eases monetary policy for first time in 3 years

Meanwhile, markets await Britain and the European Union's talks later in the day, ahead of a summit on Thursday and Friday. Both parties said that a lot more work would be needed to secure an agreement on Britain's departure from the bloc, scheduled for October 31.

Gold is generally used by investors as a hedge against political and financial uncertainty. “We remain optimistic on bullion prospects as central banks enact for monetary-policy easing programmes over looming downside risks in the global economy,” Phillip Futures analyst Benjamin Lu said in a note.

Amongst other precious metals, silver inched 0.1 per cent higher to $17.55 per ounce and platinum climbed 0.3 per cent to $892.09. Palladium shed 0.3 per cent to $1,693.29 an ounce, after hitting a record high of $1,705.84 on Friday.

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Published on October 14, 2019
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