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Gold dips to two-week low on recovery hopes


Rabu, 27 Mei 2020 / 19:44 WIB
Gold dips to two-week low on recovery hopes
ILUSTRASI. An employee holds a 1kg gold bar at AGR (African Gold Refinery)

Sumber: Reuters | Editor: Anna Suci Perwitasari

KONTAN.CO.ID - LONDON. Gold dropped to its lowest in two-weeks on Wednesday (27/5), as hopes of quick economic recovery drove investors towards riskier assets, although U.S.-China tensions over Hong Kong put a floor under bullion prices.

Spot gold was down 0.6% at US$ 1,700.30 per ounce by 19.15 WIB. U.S. gold futures fell 0.8% to US$ 1,691.80.

"It's very important for gold prices to stay above $1,700. Otherwise, if the price correction continues, speculative investors are likely to leave this boat and increase pressure on prices," said Commerzbank analyst Eugen Weinberg.

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"One can mention the geopolitical tensions are contributing somewhat and supporting gold prices currently. But, until now this situation has failed to ignite fears on the equity market."

Optimism about the development of coronavirus vaccines and a revival of business activity has lifted risk sentiment in the financial markets. 

After a batch of poor economic readings from the United States, data on Tuesday showed U.S. consumer confidence nudged up in May and new home sales beat expectations.             

Despite the pullback in bullion prices, the outlook remains positive for gold, which is seen as a safe-haven asset during times of political and economic uncertainty, analysts said.

The risks of a temporary short-term gold market unwind to a low- to mid-US$ 1,600 level seems to be rising, Citi said in a note, adding it remained "outright bullish (on) gold over the medium term and forecast that US$ 2,000 ounce will be breached in the next 12 months".

Growing political unrest in Hong Kong over Beijing's proposed national security laws has kept investors on edge.

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U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington was working on a strong response to China, adding it would be announced before the end of the week.

Elsewhere, palladium eased 0.1% US$ 1,954.75 per ounce, silver fell 0.3% to US$ 17.05 and platinum was steady at US$ 839.74.




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