PRECIOUS-Gold prices climb 1% as dollar pulls back from 2-year high

* U.S. residence gross sales, manufacturing stumble

* Greenback eases off 2-year peak

* U.S. 10-year Treasury yields hit lowest since Dec 2017

* Platinum slumps to Three-month low (Provides feedback, updates costs)

By Ok. Sathya Narayanan

Might 23 (Reuters) – Gold costs jumped 1% on Thursday because the U.S. greenback pulled again from a two-year peak scaled earlier within the session, and world equities and U.S. Treasury yields slid on escalating U.S.-China commerce tensions.

Spot gold climbed zero.9% to $1,284.78 per ounce by 2:58 pm EDT (1858 GMT), after rising as a lot as 1.1% to a one-week peak of 1,287.23.

U.S. gold futures for June settled up zero.9% at 1,285.40.

“We’ve got seen a pointy reversal within the greenback and that has helped buoy gold costs,” stated Suki Cooper, treasured metals analyst at Normal Chartered Financial institution.

The greenback index, which earlier touched its highest stage since Might 2017 at 98.371, turned damaging after information confirmed manufacturing exercise hit its lowest stage in nearly a decade in Might.

The greenback was final down zero.2% towards key rivals, making gold cheaper for holders of different currencies.

Gross sales of latest U.S. single-family houses additionally fell from a close to 11-1/2-year excessive in April. Slowing development helps the U.S. central financial institution’s latest resolution to droop its three-year marketing campaign to hike rates of interest.

“After the U.S. Federal Reserve stated it could stay affected person the market has taken this as a optimistic cue and has began to cost within the larger likelihood of a price reduce,” Cooper added.

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

Fed officers at their final assembly agreed that their affected person method to setting financial coverage might stay in place “for a while,” Fed minutes confirmed on Wednesday.

“Yields are (additionally) a bit decrease and fairness markets are down (supporting gold),” stated ABN AMRO analyst Georgette Boele.

U.S. 10-year Treasury yields dropped to the bottom since December 2017 as equities all over the world took a nosedive on considerations in regards to the U.S.-China commerce spat.

China stated the US must right its “incorrect actions” for commerce talks to proceed after it blacklisted Chinese language know-how firm Huawei Applied sciences Co Ltd.

“The political uncertainties are serving to gold, particularly Brexit. Buyers are seeing turmoil in all places and that’s waking up the asset allocators to gold as one other haven moreover greenback,” stated George Gero, managing director at RBC Wealth Administration.

“It’s attention-grabbing to see gold dwelling with greenback close to 98.”

Amongst different treasured metals, silver gaining 1.1% to $14.60 per ounce, and palladium edged zero.Three% decrease to $1,310.01.

Platinum fell zero.6% to $794.00 an oz, having touched its lowest since Feb. 15 at $791 earlier within the session. (Reporting by Ok. Sathya Narayanan and Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru Enhancing by Chris Reese)

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