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Gold dips to 1-week low as equities gain, slowdown fears ease

Gold dips to 1-week low as equities gain, slowdown fears ease

Mon Apr 15 2019


Gold prices fell to a more than one-week low on Monday as solid Chinese data boosted equities and allayed concerns about a global economic slowdown.


Spot gold edged 0.1 per cent lower to $1,288.83 per ounce as of 0550 GMT, having touched $1,286.44, its lowest since April 5, earlier in the session. US gold futures fell 0.3 per cent to $1,291.60 an ounce.


“Gold prices have fallen because of improving macro-economic data which is favouring risk-taking,” said Margaret Yang, a market analyst with CMC Markets, Singapore. Among factors weighing on gold prices are better-than- expected credit and export growth figures from China, a positive kick-off to the earnings season in the United States and hopes of a U.S.-China trade-spat resolution, Yang added.


Asian shares neared nine-month highs after US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he hoped US-China trade talks were approaching a final lap and amid strong Chinese export data. Gold, which is usually considered a hedge against economic and political uncertainty, suffers along with the Japanese yen when risk sentiment revives.


The yen hovered near its lowest level this year on more signs of stabilisation in the Chinese economy. Chinese customs data showed on Friday that exports for the country rose 14.2 per cent from the previous year in March, the strongest growth in five months.


The yellow metal may revisit its April 4 low of $1,280.59 per ounce, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao. A stronger US economic picture of late has also dampened the appeal of the non-yielding metal with upbeat US reports on Friday showing import prices surpassed expectations and consumer sentiment seen stabilizing.


“The U.S. Federal Reserve hit the brakes hard in first quarter but as data has improved rate cut chances are lower,” Alfonso Esparza, senior market analyst at OANDA, said in a note. “If retail sales (due later this week) outperform it would start building a case for an interest rate lift later this year despite the Fed's dovish turn in January.”


However, officials in the joint communique of the International Monetary Fund's steering committee said global economy was still not out of the woods with trade disputes and tighter financial conditions still remaining top threats to the pace of global growth.


Speculators increased their bullish wagers in COMEX gold in the week to April 9, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.


Among other precious metals, silver was 0.1 per cent lower at $14.93 an ounce. Spot platinum gained 0.3 per cent to $888.65 per ounce, while palladium eased 0.1 per cent to $1,369.85 per ounce.


Source: Reuters