PRECIOUS-Gold firms above $1280 as weak US data rekindles rate cut hopes

* Spot gold on observe for a weekly acquire, up zero.5%

* Platinum off Three-month lows hit in prev session (Provides remark, updates costs)

By Sethuraman N R

Might 24 (Reuters) – Gold costs held regular on Friday after rising above $1,280 within the earlier session as weak U.S. knowledge pushed the greenback off 2-year highs and reignited hopes of a charge lower by the Federal Reserve this 12 months.

Spot gold was largely regular at $1,283.41 per ounce by 0252 GMT, after rising as a lot as 1.1% to a one-week peak of 1,287.23 within the earlier session. The metallic has risen zero.5% thus far this week.

U.S. gold futures for June had been down zero.2% at 1,282.40.

“Gold has discovered an excellent assist round $1,270. There was some brief masking after the (weak U.S.) knowledge that pushed costs up. Nonetheless, the upside might be restricted as $1,290 is performing as a robust resistance,” mentioned Peter Fung, head of dealing at Wing Fung Treasured Metals.

The U.S. greenback retreated after hitting its highest degree in two years as weak home knowledge and the potential financial fallout from the commerce warfare with China elevated expectations for an interest-rate lower this 12 months.

Gross sales of recent U.S. single-family houses fell from close to an 11-1/2-year excessive in April as costs rebounded and manufacturing exercise hit its lowest degree in virtually a decade in Might, suggesting a pointy slowdown in financial progress was underway.

Whereas the expectations of a charge lower is nice for gold, costs can go larger provided that the metallic can break above $1,290-$1,300 vary with the greenback nonetheless being robust, Fung added.

Decrease rates of interest are likely to elevate gold because it reduces the chance value of holding the non-yielding bullion.

4 Fed officers on Thursday conceded that aggravating U.S.-China tensions may threaten financial progress, a marked deviation from Chair Jerome Powell’s Monday feedback the place he mentioned it was too early to establish the impacts of commerce on the trajectory of financial coverage.

Nonetheless, gold has been underneath stress of late as traders have most well-liked the U.S. greenback amid intensifying U.S.-China commerce tensions. Bullion is down almost 5 % since touching a 10-month peak in February at $1,346.73.

“Gold has dissatisfied to the upside typically prior to now and we’d subsequently wish to see a string of extra constant beneficial properties earlier than we really feel comfy signalling an all-clear on the upside,” INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir mentioned in a be aware.

Amongst different valuable metals, silver fell zero.Three% to $14.54 per ounce, and palladium edged zero.Three% decrease to $1,314.25.

Platinum rose zero.9% to $800.00 an oz., having touched its lowest since Feb. 15 at $791 within the earlier session. (Reporting by Arijit Bose in Bengaluru; Modifying by Shreejay Sinha)

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