Gold & Silver

Gold rises to 1-week high on weak dollar, geopolitical worries

| Updated on January 15, 2018 Published on April 04, 2017

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Gold prices hit one-week highs on Tuesday, buoyed by a weaker dollar on tepid economic data from the United States and as investors turned to safe-haven assets on worries over geopolitical tensions.

Spot gold had risen 0.2 per cent to $1,255.51 per ounce at 0334 GMT, while US gold futures were up 0.3 per cent at $1,257.9. Spot gold hit its highest since March 28 at $1,257.10.

A measure of US manufacturing activity retreated from a 2-1/2 year high in March amid a decline in production and an inventory drawdown.

“The data overnight gave some joy to gold investors. Weaker-than-expected numbers are supporting the view that the US Federal Reserve is not going to raise rates more than a couple of times this year,” ANZ analyst Daniel Hynes said.

Trump-Jinping meeting

Investor appetite for risk has been dulled this week by a number of factors, such as caution ahead of the upcoming meeting between US President Donald trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping and a suspected suicide bombing in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“The critical uncertainty has been a big feature of buying in the gold markets and events overnight in Russia just emboldened the view and is continuing to support safe-haven buying,” Hynes added.

“The market is starting to position itself for a potential break higher ... Net long positions in gold have started to peak again and investors are a little more bullish about the outlook.”

Hedge funds and money managers raised their net long position in COMEX gold by 33,179 to 99,150 lots in the week to March 28, the highest in more than three weeks.

SPDR Gold Trust

Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust , the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, climbed 0.53 per cent to 836.77 tonnes on Monday from 832.32 tonnes on Friday.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, fell 0.1 per cent to 100.490. \

The dollar extended overnight losses and was down 0.3 per cent at 110.58 yen after hitting 110.450, its lowest in a week.

A stronger greenback makes dollar-denominated gold more expensive for the holders of other currencies.

Spot silver rose 0.2 per cent to $18.27. The metal hit an over one-month high of $18.31.

Platinum rose 0.5 per cent to $956.10. It earlier touched a one-week high of $960.40. Palladium fell 0.2 per cent to $800.55.

Published on April 04, 2017
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