PRECIOUS-Gold prices edge up after US tariff hike takes effect

* Gold on observe for weekly rise

* Palladium, silver heading in the right direction for 2nd straight weekly fall

* Platinum on observe for third consecutive week of declines (Updates costs)

By Arijit Bose

Might 10 (Reuters) – Gold costs held agency on Friday, drawing help from elevated commerce tensions after U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff enhance on $200 billion price of Chinese language items took impact, placing the bullion on observe for a weekly acquire.

Spot gold was regular at $1,284 per ounce at 0705 GMT and is up about zero.four% for the week.

U.S. gold futures have been additionally agency at $1,285 an oz..

U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff enhance to 25 p.c on $200 billion price of Chinese language items took impact on Friday, and Beijing mentioned it will strike again, ratcheting up tensions as the 2 sides pursue last-ditch talks to attempt salvaging a commerce deal.

Prime U.S. and Chinese language commerce negotiators concluded the primary of two days of talks on Thursday to rescue a commerce deal that’s near collapsing as Washington goes forward with plans to hike tariffs on a whole bunch of billions of of products imported from China.

“There’s nonetheless some stage of uncertainty surrounding the U.S.-China commerce deal, and when gold tends to go down there appears to be opportunistic shopping for,” mentioned John Sharma, economist at Nationwide Australian Financial institution.

The metallic had fallen to its lowest because the finish of December late final week, however has since risen almost 1.four%.

Nonetheless, climbs in gold have been considerably muted regardless of broad risk-aversion out there, with different secure havens such because the yen and Swiss Franc gaining.

“Quite a lot of the (affect from) commerce talks was priced in, and for gold to rise extra sustainably we have to see some extra weak spot within the (broader monetary) market,” mentioned Sharma.

“There was some concern about world progress, however there nonetheless hasn’t been any information that confirms the economic system goes to be a lot slower.”

Gold was additionally dealing with a barrier round $1,290 ranges, proscribing shopping for from merchants who observe technical charts, analysts mentioned.

“Help (for gold) stays evident round $1,280, whereas $1,290-$1,295 sees resistance. The yellow metallic is constant to see curiosity round $1,280 ranges,” MKS PAMP Group mentioned in a report, including that bullion additionally discovered loads of sellers round $1,286 through the Asian session.

Spot gold is focusing on a spread of $1,267-$1,274 because it failed to interrupt resistance at $1,291 per ounce, in accordance with Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

In the meantime, palladium rose 1% to $1,307 an oz., having fallen over four% within the earlier session to its lowest since Jan. four at $1,263.85. The metallic continues to be on observe for its second straight weekly decline.

Silver edged up zero.2% to $14.78 per ounce, whereas platinum rose 1.6% to $858.

Silver is heading in the right direction to register a second straight week of declines, whereas platinum appears set for a 3rd weekly drop in a row. (Reporting by Arijit Bose and Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Modifying by Uttaresh.V and Shreejay Sinha)

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