Gold & Silver

Gold edges lower as stocks rally on improved risk appetite

Reuters April 1 | Updated on April 01, 2019 Published on April 01, 2019

Gold prices eased on Monday as stock markets rallied after upbeat Chinese economic data soothed some concerns about the global economy and boosted risk appetite, although losses were limited by a sliding dollar.

Spot gold was down 0.1 per cent at $1,290.22 per ounce by 1005 GMT, after touching its lowest since March 8 at $1,286.35 on Friday.

US gold futures fell 0.2 per cent to $1,295.80 an ounce. “We have a positive environment in the equity markets so risk is on and that's a negative for gold,” Julius Baer analyst Carsten Menke said.

Global stocks surged on strong Chinese factory activity data and signs of progress in US-China trade negotiations.

The dollar index was lower, however, limiting gold's losses as it makes holding the metal cheaper for buyers holding other currencies.

“We have to look through the noise and at the bigger picture. We still think the global economy is slowing in the 12-18 month horizon, especially in the US, which should help gold in the longer term,” Menke said.

Gold has gained more than 11 per cent since touching more than 1-1/2-year lows last August on a dovish US Federal Reserve and global growth concerns.

Investors are now waiting for US retail sales and manufacturing PMI data due later in the day.

Global demand for gold in 2019 will rise to the highest in four years as higher consumption by jewellers offsets a fall in purchases by central banks, an industry report said on Monday.

Elsewhere, Britain's exit from the European Union was in disarray after the implosion of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy left her under pressure from rival factions to leave without a deal, go for an election or forge a much softer divorce.

Speculators increased their net long position in COMEX gold for the second straight week in the week to March 26, data showed on Friday.

“Speculative financial investors were caught on the wrong foot recently,” Commerzbank analysts said in a note, adding gold prices have, however, fallen consistently in the meantime.

Among other precious metals, spot palladium was down 0.5 per cent at $1,377.21 an ounce, having declined more than 11 per cent last week.

Silver was down 0.6 per cent at $15.05 an ounce, while platinum fell 0.1 per cent to $844.35 an ounce.

Published on April 01, 2019

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