Gold & Silver

Gold edges higher on bargain-hunting

Reuters Bengaluru | Updated on January 08, 2018

Gold ticked higher on Thursday as some speculators bet that a slide from last month's peak had run its course as they waited for more clues on whether US interest rates would be hiked.

Gold has rowed back about 6 per cent since touching $1,357.54 per ounce in early September, the highest in over a year.

“After we managed to find support at the key technical level of $1,268 earlier this week, that attracted some renewed buyers into the market,” said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank in Copenhagen.

“Now the market is looking for data that can solidify the sentiment that the correction is over, but so far we haven't really seen that. The Fed speakers later today and the job report tomorrow may give indications of whether the Fed wants to act or not in December.”

Several Fed officials are due to speak later on Thursday as markets await US non-farm payrolls data on Friday, with investors expecting a slowdown in new jobs due to disruptions from two major hurricanes in September.

Spot gold was up 0.3 per cent at $1,277.82 an ounce at 1005 GMT, while US gold futures for December delivery added 0.3 per cent to $1,280.50.

Fed funds futures on Wednesday showed investors were pricing in an 83 per cent chance of a December rate hike by the US central bank. Higher interest rates typically boost the dollar and aid bond yields, adding pressure on greenback-denominated, non-yielding gold.

Global stocks came off record highs on Thursday, prompting some investors to look at other asset classes. “The North Korea news has died down but it could come back at any time. I would be pretty cautious to go short from here. I'd rather think people will be bargain hunters below $1,300," said Yuichi Ikemizu, Tokyo branch manager at CIBC Standard Bank.

In other precious metals, silver rose 0.5 per cent to at $16.66 an ounce. Palladium added 0.6 per cent to $927.25 an ounce after moving last week to a premium over sister metal platinum , which slipped 0.4 percent to $908.65 an ounce.

“The overall direction of that spread will be determined by gold, whether it manages to find support,” Hansen said. “If it does, platinum has potential for better upside than palladium given the higher correlation between gold and platinum.”

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Published on October 05, 2017
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