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Gold Eases After 4 Days of Gains as Dollar Firms

24 Jul

Gold slipped on Wednesday after hitting a fresh one-month high the session before as the dollar climbed off lows and investors took profits after four days of gains.

Fundamentals

* Spot gold had dropped 0.3 percent to USD 1,343.56 an ounce by 0022 GMT, after rising to a one-month peak on Tuesday as speculators bought back bearish bets ahead of an option expiry later this week.

* Comex gold gained USD 9 to USD 1,343.40, while silver and platinum tracked gold lower.

* Spot gold has gained over USD 160 an ounce from a three-year low hit in late June after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the US central bank would only start phasing out its stimulus when it was sure the economy was strong enough to stand on its own.

* World stock markets rose to near five-year highs on Tuesday, boosted by views that China was moving to support its cooling economy, while the dollar fell to one-month lows.

* The markets is waiting for the latest reading on China’s manufacturing activity due at 0145 GMT for signs of economic growth in the world’s second-biggest bullion consumer.

* Wall Street’s multibillion-dollar commodity trading operations came under the political spotlight on Tuesday as a powerful US Senate committee questioned whether commercial banks should control oil pipelines, power plants and metals warehouses.

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Gold rises to 1-month high on weaker US dollar

22 Jul

Gold hit a high of USD 1,314.49 an ounce, its highest since June 20, and stood at USD 1,312.24 by 0024 GMT, up USD 16.50

mcx goldGold jumped more than 1 percent to its highest level in a month on Monday as the US dollar slipped against other currencies, with gains in Japanese bullion futures adding extra support.

Gold hit a high of USD 1,314.49 an ounce, its highest since June 20, and stood at USD 1,312.24 by 0024 GMT, up USD 16.50. Gold last week posted its second weekly gain after the Federal Reserve’s assurance the timing of any tapering in economic stimulus is not set in stone.

US gold rose 1.49 percent to USD 1,312.10 an ounce. The most active June 2014 gold contract on Tokyo Commodity Exchange rose as high as 4,243 yen a gramme, its highest since June 20, because of a weaker yen.

Hedge funds and money managers raised their bullish bets in gold and silver futures and options in the week to July 16, while they trimmed net shorts in copper, a report by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed on Friday.

China’s central bank removed controls on bank lending rates, effective Saturday, in a long-awaited move that signals the new leadership’s determination to carry out market-oriented reforms.

SPDR Gold Trust GLD, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.29 percent to 932.46 tonnes on Friday from 935.17 tonnes on Thursday.

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