PRECIOUS-Gold holds steady as rising equities counter safe-haven demand

Could 16 (Reuters) – Gold costs marked time on Thursday as an uptick in equities offset assist from doubts over commerce talks between the USA and China.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold was regular at $1,295.84 per ounce at 0103 GMT.

* U.S. gold futures edged zero.1% decrease to $1,296.90 an oz.

* Asian shares steadied on Thursday on information that U.S. President Donald Trump is planning to delay tariffs on auto imports, offering a lot wanted aid to markets hit by a flare-up in commerce tensions and on weak U.S. and Chinese language financial knowledge.

* President Trump is predicted to delay a call on imposing tariffs on imported vehicles and components by as much as six months, three Trump administration officers instructed Reuters, avoiding opening yet one more entrance in his world commerce battles.

* In the meantime, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated on Wednesday he’ll probably journey to Beijing quickly to proceed negotiations with Chinese language counterparts because the world’s two largest economies attempt to salvage talks geared toward ending their months-long commerce battle.

* Nonetheless, the Trump administration hit Chinese language telecoms big Huawei with extreme sanctions on Wednesday, including a brand new incendiary ingredient to the U.S.-China commerce dispute, casting a shade over investor optimism on the Sino-U.S. commerce entrance.

* Escalating geopolitical tensions often enhance inflows into safe-haven gold.

* SPDR Gold Belief, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, stated its holdings fell zero.44 p.c to 733.23 tonnes on Wednesday from 736.46 tonnes on Tuesday.

* China Gold Worldwide’s first quarter gold manufacturing fell 5% to 44,zero23 ounces from 46,264, the corporate reported on Wednesday.

* Lonmin Plc will delay or cut back the variety of jobs it had deliberate to chop in South Africa as hovering palladium costs have boosted income, its chief govt stated, forward of a takeover by Sibanye-Stillwater.

* The world’s prime platinum miners are bracing for a recent spherical of negotiations with South African staff as an increase in producer income is more likely to provoke larger wage calls for from labour unions together with the militant AMCU.

DATA AHEAD (GMT)

* 1230 U.S. Housing Begins quantity April

* 1230 U.S. Preliminary Jobless Claims Weekly (Reporting by Arijit Bose in Bengaluru; modifying by Richard Pullin)

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