PRECIOUS-Gold steadies after falling from 15-week peak; rate cut hopes support

* SPDR Gold holdings fall zero.three% on Wednesday

* Spot gold would possibly fall to $1,315-$1,321/oz- technicals

* Silver market could also be bottoming- HSBC (Updates costs)

By Brijesh Patel

June 6 (Reuters) – Gold costs had been secure on Thursday, hovering beneath the 15-week excessive hit within the earlier session, supported by commerce worries and a attainable U.S. charge reduce, at the same time as some buyers locked in income in bullion after a current rally.

Spot gold was up zero.1% to $1,331.43 per ounce as of 0546 GMT, after hitting its highest degree since Feb. 20 at $1,343.86 on Wednesday.

U.S. gold futures rose zero.2% to $1,335.60 an oz.

“For the final two days we’re seeing that riskier belongings are beginning to recuperate from indicators from the Fed’s sightly extra accommodative stance,” mentioned Benjamin Lu, an analyst with Singapore-based Phillip Futures.

Traders booked some income after gold costs surged round $70 prior to now 5 periods, Lu mentioned.

“Within the longer run, gold goes to maintain this bull run. We’re wanting on the shift within the Fed coverage. The Fed’s dovish sign will clearly increase gold costs and weaken the greenback.”

Latest weak financial stories out of the U.s. additional bolstered bets for an rate of interest reduce by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Knowledge on payrolls confirmed U.S. non-public employers employed on the slowest tempo in additional than 9 years in Could, weak point that analysts blamed on heightening world commerce tensions.

In the meantime on the commerce entrance, Mexican and U.S. officers are set to renew talks in Washington on Thursday aimed toward averting an imposition of tariffs on Mexican items.

Nevertheless, President Donald Trump mentioned “not sufficient” progress was made on methods to curb migration when the 2 sides met on Wednesday.

On the technical aspect, Spot gold could return into a variety of $1,315-$1,321 per ounce, in accordance with Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

The autumn from the Wednesday excessive of $1,343.86 might be deep sufficient to sign a reversal of the uptrend from the Could 30 low of $1,274.44, Tao mentioned.

Holdings of SPDR Gold Belief, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell zero.three% to 757.59 tonnes on Wednesday from Tuesday.

In different treasured metals, silver was regular at $14.80 per ounce after touching a greater than one-month excessive of $15.04 within the earlier session.

“Better monetary market volatility or enhance in commerce or geopolitical dangers could stoke protected haven demand, particularly if gold can be rallying,” HSBC analyst James Metal mentioned in a observe.

“We nonetheless search for silver to achieve and forecast a median value of $15.27 for 2019 with a variety of $13.90-$16.45, suggesting the market is bottoming.”

Palladium rose zero.6% to $1,336.95 an oz, whereas platinum gained 1% to $806.97, having hit a close to three-week excessive at $832.63 on Wednesday. (Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; modifying by Richard Pullin, Bernard Orr & Uttaresh.V)

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