PRECIOUS-Gold prices off 1-week high as US-China trade tensions lift dollar

* Commerce tensions, rise in U.S. shopper confidence help greenback

* Gold’s path blended after failure to interrupt $1,286 degree -technicals

* Palladium hits greater than 1-week excessive (Provides quotes, particulars, updates costs)

By Eileen Soreng

Might 28 (Reuters) – Gold on Tuesday slipped from the earlier session’s one-week peak, pulled down by a agency greenback because the forex was the popular safe-haven amid uncertainty over U.S.-China commerce tensions.

Spot gold fell zero.5% to $1,278.77 per ounce by 11:37 am ET (1537 GMT), having touched its highest since Might 17 at $1,287.32 within the earlier session.

U.S. gold futures have been zero.four% decrease at $1,278.1 an oz.

“An important pressure available in the market in the mean time is the U.S.-China commerce tensions and as soon as once more we see the greenback benefiting from protected haven flows slightly than gold,” stated Suki Cooper, valuable metals analyst at Commonplace Chartered Financial institution.

“It’s going to be a really troublesome hurdle for gold to succeed in the 1,300 degree and which may not occur till we see extra seasonal demand coming into play or if the greenback energy begins to ease, which we don’t suppose will occur until later within the yr.”

The greenback rose zero.three% in opposition to a basket of different main currencies, supported by commerce and political worries and a powerful rise in U.S. shopper confidence.

U.S. President Donald Trump stated on Monday at a information convention with Japanese President Shinzo Abe that he was “not able to make a take care of China,” denting hopes of a commerce settlement between the world’s largest economies.

The greenback has additionally benefited from a slide within the euro, pushed decrease by political dangers in Europe following final week’s European Union parliamentary elections, which confirmed a polarization of the 28-member bloc.

Additional weighing on the bullion costs was a agency U.S. equities market propped up by the know-how sector.

Alerts are blended for spot gold because it failed twice to interrupt resistance at $1,286 per ounce, in line with Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

“Following weeks of inauspicious market situations the place highs have been purchased and lows offered, the conviction fee amongst merchants have deteriorated,” stated Saxo Financial institution commodity strategist Ole Hansen.

The longs that have been purchased in the course of the previous couple of days are actually being offered again following the break beneath $1,292.6 and $1,286, Hansen added.

Hedge funds and cash managers sharply diminished their internet lengthy positions in COMEX gold within the week to Might 21, the U.S. Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee stated on Friday.

Amongst different valuable metals, silver was down 1.eight% at $14.33 per ounce.

“Within the present local weather the place there are issues round silver industrial demand and commerce tensions doubtlessly impacting demand from China, silver outlook seems to be susceptible within the close to time period,” Cooper stated.

Palladium climbed zero.four% to $1,341.56 per ounce, after hitting its highest since Might 15 at $1,349. Platinum fell 1.three% to $795.96.

Reporting by Eileen Soreng and Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru;
Enhancing by Steve Orlofsky

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