PRECIOUS-Gold eases as China data boosts risk sentiment

* Palladium jumps over four pct to two-week excessive

* China Q1 GDP up 6.four pct vs analysts’ expectations of 6.three pct

* SPDR Gold holdings down four.5 pct to this point in 2019

* Weaker greenback limits gold’s decline (Updates costs, provides feedback)

By Brijesh Patel

April 17 (Reuters) – Gold eased on Wednesday, holding close to the 2019 lows touched within the earlier session, as financial progress information from China assuaged issues about world progress and drove buyers into riskier property.

Spot gold dipped zero.1 p.c to $1,274.43 per ounce as of 12:40 p.m. EDT (1640 GMT), after having fallen as a lot as 1.2 p.c to $1,272.70, its lowest since Dec. 27, on Tuesday.

U.S. gold futures have been flat at $1,276.70.

“The gorgeous good Chinese language information implies the issues of a slowdown in world progress have been mitigated to an awesome extent, which ought to elevate threat urge for food, in flip pressuring gold,” stated Bart Melek, head of commodity methods at TD Securities in Toronto.

China’s financial progress within the first quarter remained regular at 6.four p.c, topping expectations for a 6.three p.c growth.

The information boosted world attraction for riskier property and pushed total positive aspects in inventory markets.

Nevertheless, a barely weaker greenback gave some help for bullion, analysts stated.

On the technical entrance, gold’s break beneath the psychologically important $1,300-per-ounce mark and different key help ranges, together with the 100- and 50-day transferring averages, signaled an additional draw back to costs, analysts and merchants stated.

Additional weak spot in gold is feasible within the close to time period, doubtlessly testing the $1,259 stage, which is more likely to maintain, Commerzbank analysts wrote in a analysis notice.

Holdings of SPDR Gold Belief, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, have fallen four.5 p.c this 12 months.

On the flip aspect, gold was more likely to climb towards $1,400, whereas silver might rise to $17 per ounce by year-end since total weak world progress might take a toll on each fairness costs and threat urge for food, analysts at Capital Economics stated in a notice.

“That stated, we anticipate threat urge for food to progressively return because the U.S. financial system picks up,” it stated.

Silver was down zero.three p.c to $14.92 an oz..

In the meantime, spot palladium jumped greater than four p.c to a close to two-week excessive at $1,406.81 an oz.. The metallic had soared to an all-time peak of $1,620.53 final month pushed by a stark provide deficit.

Platinum rose 1.2 p.c to $887.30.

“Robust GDP information from China confirmed the financial system is beginning to hit again up once more … better progress will see the financial system increasing, translating into extra demand for autos, in flip boosting demand for each platinum and palladium,” stated Phillip Streible, senior commodities strategist at RJO Futures.

Each metals are primarily consumed by automakers for catalytic converter manufacturing, however platinum is extra closely used within the diesel autos which have fallen out of favor because the Volkswagen emissions-rigging scandal broke in 2015. (Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru, enhancing by G Crosse)

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