Gold slips towards four-month low as robust dollar, stock markets dent appeal

By Arijit Bose

(Reuters) – Gold costs fell on Wednesday to hover round a four-month low touched within the earlier session, as share markets rose and the greenback gained after sturdy U.S. housing knowledge dampened issues about an financial slowdown within the nation.

Spot gold was down zero.Three % at $1,268.84 per ounce by 0328 GMT, having hit its lowest for the reason that finish of final 12 months at $1,265.90 within the final session.

U.S. gold futures have been zero.2-percent decrease at $1,270.70 an oz..

“The main issue that’s pressuring gold costs is the power of the greenback, which can be pressuring bodily demand,” stated Peter Fung, head of dealing at Wing Fung Treasured Metals in Hong Kong.

The greenback index hovered close to a 22-month peak after knowledge confirmed that gross sales of latest single-family houses in the US rose to a close to 1-1/2-year excessive in March.

The information eased issues a couple of slowdown on the planet’s largest financial system, proper forward of the discharge of U.S. GDP figures on Friday.

The USA is predicted to beat analyst estimates of a 2.1 % charge of progress with the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow mannequin projecting progress anyplace between 2.2 to three.four %.

Such an occasion would carry international financial sentiment and assist the greenback, analysts stated.

Gold costs have been additionally pressured as Asian shares tracked in a single day beneficial properties on Wall Avenue, the place each the Nasdaq and S&P 500 indexes marked report closing highs. [MKTS/GLOB]

Gold dropped to its lowest this 12 months within the final session, almost 6 % away from its February peak of $1,346.73 an oz..

“Gold’s key assist at $1,280 was taken out a while in the past, whereas compounding the negativity additional is the truth that each the 50-day and 100-day shifting averages have turned south as nicely,” INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir wrote in a notice.

“We proceed to see a sluggish grind in gold for the second, as there’s little or no that may make the case for a short-term upside swing. About the one factor we see is that the complicated is considerably oversold … however even that’s not in excessive territory.”

Holdings of SPDR Gold Belief, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, on Tuesday fell to 749.63 tonnes, the bottom since Oct. 23.

In different metals, silver dropped zero.four % to $14.75 per ounce, after declining to its lowest stage since Dec. 26 at $14.71 within the earlier session.

Platinum was up zero.Three % at $886.87 per ounce, whereas palladium was zero.Three-percent decrease at $1,386.01 per ounce.

(Reporting by Arijit Bose in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Joseph Radford)

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