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Global gold prices slip to two-week low on improved risk appetite

LiveMint logoLiveMint 26-04-2017 Swati Verma

Bengaluru: Gold fell to a two-week low on Wednesday as investor appetite for riskier assets surged on renewed optimism over the US economy and as political uncertainty in France receded, softening demand for safe-haven assets.

Spot gold was mostly unchanged at $1,263.55 at 8.52am. Prices touched a low of 1,260.90 earlier in the session, the lowest since 11 April.

Bullion fell 0.9% on Tuesday, the biggest one-day decline since 2 March.

US gold futures were down 0.2% at $1,265.40 an ounce.

Asian stocks extended gains for a fifth straight day on Wednesday as Wall Street hit new peaks.

“Over the past two sessions, the momentum for gold to move ahead has actually faded away. We can see that risk appetite has increased after the easing situation in North Korea and French election results,” said Mark To, head of research at Hong Kong’s Wing Fung Financial Group.

“We have to move back to the original gravity of trading range of $1,200-$1,250.”

The Nasdaq Composite hit a record high on Tuesday, while the Dow and S&P 500 brushed against recent peaks as strong earnings underscored the health of corporate America.

US President Donald Trump is proposing to slash the corporate income tax rate and offer multinational businesses a steep tax break on overseas profits brought into the United States, officials said late on Tuesday.

“For gold investors this may not be good news as the overall situation for the Trump administration is to ensure that there is sufficient capital inflows to asset markets including equities or dollar to finance fiscal deficit,” said To.

“They have to balance it by keeping the original momentum by rising rates and use fiscal policies to attract more and more people to the US stock markets, which will be negative for gold.”

The threat of a US government shutdown this weekend appeared to recede on Tuesday after President Donald Trump backed away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill.

Political concerns in France ebbed after business-friendly centrist Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French vote on Sunday and opinion polls indicated less support for the eurosceptic Marine Le Pen.

Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.69% to 854.25 tonnes on Tuesday after 6 tonnes of inflows.

Spot gold is expected to fall to $1,249 per ounce, as it has broken a support at $1,265, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

Spot silver edged up 0.4% to $17.61 an ounce, after falling 2% to a one-month low of $17.55 in the prior session.

Platinum dropped 0.1% to $949.10 an ounce, while palladium fell 0.2% to $798.95.

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