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BENGALURU. — Gold prices edged lower yesterday as a likely end to a long-drawn Sino-US trade war boosted risk sentiment, outweighing expectations of a pause in interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve.

Meanwhile, palladium hit a record high at $1,340.50 an ounce during the session.

Spot gold slipped 0,2 percent to $1,282.61 per ounce by 0600 GMT, and US gold futures settled down 0,1 percent at $1,284 per ounce.

“In the short term, there is some optimism that there will be a trade truce, which will take away a shadow from market confidence,” said Benjamin Lu Jiaxuan, a commodities analyst at Phillip Futures.

However, gold is seeing some headwind because of a gradual recovery in risk assets, as well as investors pricing in the US Federal Reserve’s dovish signals, he added. Asian shares climbed to a 3-1/2-week high in early trade on optimism that Washington and Beijing could strike a trade deal to avoid an all-out confrontation that would severely disrupt the global economy.

The rally in riskier assets has accelerated since last Friday, when Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said he was aware of risks to the economy and would be patient and flexible in policy decisions this year.

“With Fed clearly indicating that they would be receptive to the developments in the financial markets and there is a clear emerging consensus that there may not be any rate hikes, it could be a tailwind for gold,” said Hitesh Jain, vice president, Yes Securities.

“But, the ETF flows are not still, not bounding. On the sovereign front, there are lots of central banks buying gold. Once we see a momentum on the ETF front, that would be an inflection point for gold to move up.” 

Source : The Herald

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