PRECIOUS-Gold falls to near two-week low as dollar strengthens

* Silver hits over 5-month low, platinum falls to 2-month trough

* Platinum set to mark worst week in 9-months

* Palladium down 19% from file peak in March

* Bullion down zero.7% to this point this week (Updates costs)

By Brijesh Patel

Might 17 (Reuters) – Gold costs on Friday slipped to their lowest in two weeks because the greenback superior on the again of robust U.S. financial knowledge, placing the steel on monitor for its greatest weekly decline in a month.

Spot gold fell zero.eight% to $1,276.25 per ounce as of 1:46 p.m. EDT (1746 GMT), having dropped to its lowest since Might three at $1,274.51 earlier within the session. The steel is down zero.7% for the week to this point, which could possibly be its greatest weekly decline since April 19.

U.S. gold futures settled down zero.82% at $1,275.70 an oz..

“The greenback has strengthened on account of comparatively robust U.S. financial studies and little rest in geo-political tensions, all these mixed has put downward strain on gold costs,” mentioned Jeff Klearman, portfolio supervisor at GraniteShares.

The greenback index gained, holding close to a two-week excessive towards a basket of currencies, making gold dearer for holders of different currencies.

U.S. shopper sentiment jumped to a 15-year excessive in early Might amid rising confidence over the economic system’s outlook, knowledge confirmed on Friday.

Spot gold fell zero.eight% on Thursday, its greatest one-day proportion decline since mid-April, as robust financial knowledge from the US spurred traders in the direction of riskier property.

The falls in gold over the previous couple of periods has dented the technical image for the steel, analysts mentioned.

“Bullion costs had damaged the bearish trendline that had marked the previous few months,” Carlo Alberto De Casa, chief analyst with ActivTrades, wrote in a observe.

“A transparent restoration to the $1,300 stage, and costs holding above this psychological threshold, would verify the supportive situation seen within the final two weeks, whereas a fall beneath $1,280 can be seen as a adverse factor.”

In the meantime, world share markets pulled again as commerce tensions have been renewed after Chinese language media took a hardline method to the tariff dispute between the US and China.

“Regardless of the risk-off sentiment available in the market we’re not seeing any underline help coming (for gold). Nevertheless the geo-political tensions with Iran and ongoing commerce talks with China may present some help going ahead,” mentioned Alex Turro, market strategist at RJO Futures.

Amongst different metals, silver dropped 1% to $14.41 an oz., after hitting its lowest since Dec. 6 at $14.38 an oz.. Silver can be on monitor for a decline of greater than 2% for the week, its greatest since March 1.

Platinum dipped 1.9% to $813.50 per ounce, having hit a greater than two-month low at $812.50 earlier within the session.

Palladium slipped 1.four% to $1,312.51 an oz.. The steel utilized in catalytic converters in automotive exhaust techniques has slumped about 19% from a file excessive of $1,620.53 hit in March.

Each platinum and palladium are set to file weekly falls, with platinum on the right track for its greatest such drop since mid-August 2018. (Reporting by Brijesh Patel and Swati Verma in BengaluruEditing by Tom Brown and Cynthia Osterman)

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