PRECIOUS-Gold gains luster as Fed rate cut bets, trade tensions boost demand

* Gold has risen over $60/ouncessince final Thursday

* Gold could consolidate after a powerful run in a short while -analyst

* Platinum off three-week highs (Updates costs)

By Arijit Bose

June 6 (Reuters) – Gold costs rose on Thursday, as fears concerning the affect of commerce wars on the worldwide economic system, and rising expectations for a U.S. rate of interest reduce enhanced the steel’s attraction.

Spot gold rose zero.7% to $1,338.65 per ounce as of 1:48 p.m. EDT (1748 GMT), whereas U.S. gold futures settled up zero.7% at $1,342.70.

“Ongoing issues concerning world financial development is supporting gold for the time being,” mentioned David Meger, director of metals buying and selling at Excessive Ridge Futures, including that U.S. commerce tussles with Mexico and China are taking a toll.

“Latest commentary by U.S. Federal Reserve officers that they’re not less than keen to take a look at charge cuts if the information warrants has additionally helped commodities throughout the board.”

Having suspended a three-year financial tightening marketing campaign earlier this yr, the Fed is now extensively anticipated to chop charges.

Chairman Jerome Powell mentioned earlier this week the central financial institution will intently monitor the financial affect of commerce conflicts, a deviation from his former pledge to be “affected person” earlier than elevating or reducing charges.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has constantly advocated charge cuts, on Thursday issued recent threats to hit China with tariffs on “not less than” one other $300 billion of Chinese language items. He additionally mentioned, nevertheless, that he thought China and Mexico wished to make offers.

Since Trump’s menace final week to impose tariffs on Mexico, gold has risen greater than $63, and is just $11 away from its 2019 excessive, set in February.

“Gold has run a great distance in its rally in a brief span of time, so I might not be stunned to see it consolidate,” Saxo Financial institution commodity strategist Ole Hansen mentioned.

The market is eyeing information on U.S. non-farm payrolls due at 1230 GMT on Friday for clues on the trajectory of rates of interest.

“Wednesday’s ADP nationwide employment report for Could confirmed solely 27,000 jobs added within the month. That anemic quantity has many in search of a weaker quantity in Friday’s jobs report,” Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco, mentioned in a word.

Amongst different valuable metals, silver rose zero.eight% to $14.91 per ounce, near a greater than one-month excessive of $15.04 set within the earlier session.

Palladium climbed 1.6% to $1,349.51 an oz., whereas platinum inched down zero.1% to $798.50, away from a close to three-week excessive of $832.63 hit on Wednesday. (Reporting by Arijit Bose and Harshith Aranya in Bengaluru; Modifying by Steve orlofsky)

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