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Gold holds steady as US-China trade-talk optimism ebbs

Reuters October 15 | Updated on October 15, 2019 Published on October 15, 2019

Gold is making lower highs and lower lows, according to analysts   -  Bloomberg

Palladium dips after hitting peak of $1,720.97/oz

Gold prices held steady on Tuesday as optimism surrounding US-China trade negotiations faded, while investors awaited outcome of a crucial discussion that will determine how Britain will depart from the European Union.

Spot gold rose 0.1 per cent to $1,493.77 per ounce as of 0406 GMT. US gold futures also inched up 0.1 per cent to $1,498.40 per ounce.

“Markets enjoyed a good risk-on rally, but on Monday news saying that China required more negotiation and talks before they find any deal, which is very disappointing,” said Margaret Yang Yan, a market analyst at CMC Markets. “Gold is in a consolidation phase, momentum is weak for a good rebound. The market is making lower highs and lower lows.”

A Bloomberg report on Monday, citing sources, said China wants more talks as soon as the end of October to hammer out the details of Trump's phase 1 deal before Chinese President Xi Jinping agrees to sign it.

Read more: US suspends October tariff hike on China

Sombre data from China reinforced the case for Beijing to unveil further stimulus as manufacturing cools on weak demand and US trade pressures. China's factory gate prices declined at the fastest pace in more than three years in September.

Late on Friday, the United States outlined the first phase of a trade deal and suspended this week's scheduled tariff hikes on Chinese goods, but existing tariffs remained in place and officials on both sides said much more work was needed before an accord could be agreed.

Limiting gold's gains, Asian stocks and Wall Street futures inched higher as some investors held out hope that Britain still had a chance to avoid a messy exit from the European Union at key negotiations this week. Officials from Britain and the EU will meet at a make-or-break summit on Thursday and Friday that will determine whether or not Britain is headed for a so-called no-deal Brexit.

The European Union is considering a new emergency summit to get a Brexit deal, the BBC reported. Amongst other precious metals, palladium was down 0.2 per cent to $1,695.97 an ounce, after hitting a fresh record high of $1,720.97 in the previous session.

Silver inched up 0.3 per cent to $17.70 per ounce and platinum was little changed at $893.02 per ounce.

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Published on October 15, 2019
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