PRECIOUS-Gold gains as risk appetite dips on Trump tariff-hike threat

* SPDR gold holdings at lowest since Oct. 11

* Asian shares close to 5-wk low (Provides particulars, feedback and updates costs)

By Arijit Bose

Might 7 (Reuters) – Gold costs rose on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump’s risk to hike tariffs on Chinese language imports re-kindled commerce tensions between the 2 international locations and pushed buyers to hunt insurance coverage in safe-haven belongings.

Spot gold was up zero.2 % at $1,282.50 per ounce as of 0320 GMT.

U.S. gold futures had been unchanged at $1,283.90 an oz..

On Sunday, self proclaimed “tariff-man” Trump warned of a tariff hike on Chinese language items, marking a drastic change in stance from the earlier week the place he lauded progress made between the 2 international locations relating to commerce.

Threat sentiment was dealt a blow on the information with Asian shares wallowing close to a five-week low, offering impetus to gold, which is utilized by buyers to hedge towards financial and political instability.

“There are vital catalysts for gold with the escalations on the trade-war entrance yesterday, however it’s shocking we’ve not seen a major observe via,” stated Stephen Innes, head of buying and selling and market technique, SPI Asset Administration.

Including to world anxiousness, the Trump administration is deploying a service strike group and bombers to the Center East in response to troubling “indications and warnings” from Iran, widening the rift between the 2 international locations.

“Some are additionally specializing in the tensions within the Center East and the 2 catalysts are enough sufficient to carry costs however there’s a common reluctance to push costs larger over $1,285,” Innes added.

Nonetheless, a Sino-U.S. commerce deal remains to be not off the desk with Beijing confirming that it’ll nonetheless ship a delegation to go to the US for a commerce discuss.

“Gold didn’t ship a considerable acquire following the Trump tariff risk and (gold) markets might even see bearish momentum speed up if we do see a optimistic end result with the talks in Washington this week,” OANDA senior market analyst Edward Moya stated in a word.

A faction of the market nonetheless anticipate each U.S. and China to search out widespread floor and consider that Trump’s tariff risk is probably going a negotiation tactic.

Holdings of SPDR Gold Belief, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, continued a dismal run, falling zero.16 % to 739.64 tonnes on Monday, its lowest since Oct. 11.

Elsewhere, silver edged zero.1 % larger at $14.91 an oz., whereas platinum gained 1 %, to $881.22 its highest in almost per week.

Palladium rose zero.5 % to $1,344.11 an oz.. (Reporting by Arijit Bose in Bengaluru; enhancing by Uttaresh.V and Rashmi Aich)

Our Requirements:The Thomson Reuters Belief Ideas.

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