Gold crawls higher but still near 6-month low … RTRS June 28, 2018 at 07:18AM

Gold crawls higher but still near 6-month low … RTRS


Gold crawls higher, but still near 6-month low

* Dollar fails to build on overnight gains

* Asian shares hit 9-month lows on trade concerns

(Reuters) – Gold prices inched up on Thursday as the latest developments in the U.S.-China trade row led to a slight retreat in the dollar, but was still near a six-month
low hit in the previous session.

Spot gold was 0.1 percent higher at $1,252.74 anounce, as of  0400 GMT.

In the previous session, the metal touched $1,250.30, its lowest since mid-December.

U.S. gold futures for August delivery were down 0.2 percent at $1,254.20 an ounce.

“There’s a little bit of a pullback in the U.S. dollar, so that explains some recovery in gold,” said Helen Lau, analyst at Argonaut Securities.

A weaker greenback makes dollar-denominated gold cheaper for holders of other currencies.

The dollar held steady against its rivals on Thursday,though it failed to build on overnight gains amid conflicting signals from Washington on a proposal to restrict Chinese investment as the bitter U.S.-China
trade row kept financial markets on edge.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he will use a strengthened national security review process to thwart Chinese acquisitions of sensitive American technologies, a softer approach than imposing China-specific
investment restrictions.

However, gold prices which usually rise in times political and economic uncertainty, have gained little support from these trade tensions, while expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will hike interest rates
have pressured bullion.

“The dollar may continue to strengthen because of rising U.S. interest rates and yields. That is all the key reason that makes holding gold unattractive,” Lau added.

Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren on Wednesday said the central bank should continue to gradually raise interest rates to lower the risk of a major policy error.

The U.S. economy is growing at a 4.5 percent annualized rate in the second quarter following the latest data on home sales and advance trade balance released this week, the Atlanta Fed’s GDP Now forecast model

The Fed is expected to raise interest rates at least four times this year, which will likely dent gold prices.

Holdings of SPDR Gold TrustGLD , the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.36 percent to 821.69 tonnes on Wednesday. GOL/ETF

In other precious metals, spot silver was 0.4 percenthigher at $16.10 an ounce.

Palladium rose 0.3 percent to $950.45 an ounce, while platinum fell 0.3 percent to $853.80 per ounce.

(Reporting by Karen Rodrigues in Bengaluru, Editing by SherryJacob-Phillips)


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