Gold turns up as dollar weakens from its highs; Trump warns Pyongyang
NEW YORK/LONDON — Gold bounced up from the lowest level in more than a week on Tuesday as the dollar pared gains and US President Donald Trump said United Nations sanctions on North Korea are “nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen.”
Spot gold hit its lowest since Sept. 1 at $1,322.15 an ounce in early trade and was up 0.30% at $1,330.68 an ounce by 2:37 p.m. EDT (1837 GMT).
US gold futures settled down 0.20% at $1,332.70.
Gold prices turned positive after Mr. Trump said the latest UN sanctions on North Korea were only a very small step and nothing compared to what would have to happen to deal with the country’s nuclear program.
“That’s pretty aggressive rhetoric on his part and that’s brought gold back up,” said Bob Haberkorn, senior market strategist for RJO Futures in Chicago.
Gold rose to a one-year high last week, but slid 1.40% on Monday in its biggest one- day drop in two months as concerns eased about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and the impact of hurricane Irma.
“It was the weakness of the dollar that was really driving gold, and the tensions with North Korea,” Natixis analyst Bernard Dahdah said. “The rate at which the dollar can still depreciate is slowing down.”
The dollar index came off its session highs but remained above Friday’s two-and-a-half-year low.
The S& P 500 and a gauge of global equity markets hit new highs as investors opted for nominally higher-risk assets over havens such as gold and the Japanese yen.
“The market is likely to turn its attention to the Fed, with speakers now in blackout mode ahead of its policy meeting next week,” ANZ said in a note.
The Federal Reserve has raised US interest rates twice this year in response to upbeat growth data and falling unemployment, but persistently soft inflation figures have tempered expectations for another hike in December.
Gold is highly sensitive to rising US interest rates, as they increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion, while boosting the dollar, in which it is priced.
Holdings of the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Shares, rose 1.20 tons on Monday, data from the fund showed, after three days of outflows.
Among other precious metals, silver was up 0.30% at $17.85 an ounce after hitting its lowest since Sept. 1 at $17.67.
Platinum was down 0.50% at $ 985.20, while palladium was 1.80% higher at $948.30 an ounce. —