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

* Silver hits its lowest since Dec. three

* Gold-silver ratio soars to 26-year peak

* Gold’s path combined after failure to interrupt $1,286 level-technicals

* Commerce tensions, rise in U.S. shopper confidence help greenback (Updates costs, provides quote and particulars)

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 $1,278.12 per ounce by 2 p.m. ET (1800 GMT), having touched its highest since Might 17 at $1,287.32 within the earlier session.

U.S. gold futures settled down zero.5% at 1,277.10 per ounce.

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

“It’s going to be a really tough hurdle for gold to succeed in the $1,300 stage and that 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% towards 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 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he was “not able to make a cope with China,” denting hopes of a commerce settlement between the world’s largest economies.

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

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

In the meantime, COMEX gold speculators reduce web lengthy place by 41,545 contracts to 24,378 in week to Might 21, the U.S. Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee stated on Friday.

The longs that had been purchased in the course of the previous couple of days at the moment are being offered again following the break under $1,292.6 and $1,286, stated Saxo Financial institution commodity strategist Ole Hansen.

Elsewhere, silver was down 2% at $14.30 per ounce, having hit a low since Dec. three at $14.25 earlier within the session.

The gold-silver ratio, which measures the variety of silver ounces wanted to purchase an oz of gold, climbed to its highest stage since 1993 at round 89.

“Silver has underperformed notably of late amid directionless gold costs, weak point in industrial metals, and an absence of compelling elementary causes to take part within the silver market,” UBS strategist Joni Teves wrote in a notice.

Speculators boosted their web brief place in silver in week to Might 21, the CFTC knowledge confirmed.

Palladium climbed zero.6% to $1,344.14 per ounce, after hitting its highest since Might 15 at $1,349. Platinum fell 1.2% to $796.03.

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

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