Gold reaches one other file peak; equities battle with mounting COVID-19 fears

The coronavirus uncertainty, mixed with China-US tensions, has despatched gold hovering practically 30% this 12 months. The News/Files

LONDON: Gold charges chalked up one other file peak on Tuesday earlier than pulling decrease because the greenback clawed again earlier losses, whereas fairness markets struggled with mounting coronavirus fears, sellers stated.

With worrying new spikes in infections in Asia and Europe — on high of the already-high new US circumstances — forcing governments to impose strict COVID-19 containment measures, the worldwide financial outlook stays clouded, placing the brakes on a months-long shares rally.

The virus uncertainty, mixed with China-US tensions, has despatched gold hovering practically 30% this 12 months — and, on Tuesday, it struck one other file pinnacle at $1,981.27 per ounce in Asian commerce.

That smashed yesterday’s peak however it later pared the advance to take a seat decrease for the day.

But observers say $2,000 could possibly be damaged as early as this week, with deal with the Federal Reserve’s subsequent coverage assembly, which is tipped to see it unveil extra easing measures to help the world’s high financial system.

US second-quarter financial progress knowledge can also be due this week, and a disappointing studying on what is anticipated to be a historic contraction may gas additional greenback weak point.

“Although little is expected on policy, (bank boss Jerome) Powell’s tone in the press conference will be key especially in light of the recent uptick in virus cases and the knock-on consequences,” stated AxiCorp’s Stephen Innes.

The rush for bullion additionally dragged silver to a seven-year excessive above $26 an oz earlier than that additionally edged again.

“There seems to be enough momentum in the US money supply to actually push gold higher,” Fat Prophets analyst David Lennox stated.

“As COVID-19 continues to ravage the economy, there’s probably more stimulatory action to come. As the US dollar weakens, obviously gold will improve, but it’s more a matter of the acceleration of US money supply, and that’s caused by governments obviously throwing money into the economy.”

Asian shares tried to fireplace larger after Wall Street beneficial properties, with Hong Kong and Shanghai ending up 0.7%, whereas Seoul jumped 1.8%, and Mumbai placed on 0.9%. Tokyo, nonetheless, completed down 0.3% and Sydney shed 0.4%.

In Europe, London flattened whereas Frankfurt misplaced 0.4% and Paris shed 0.7%.

There are in the meantime hopes US lawmakers can hammer out a brand new economy-boosting stimulus programme as their earlier multi-trillion-dollar package deal begins to dry up.

Key figures round 11am GMT

Gold: DOWN 0.6% at $1,930.02 per ounce

London – FTSE 100: FLAT at 6,104.24 factors

Frankfurt – DAX 30: DOWN 0.4% at 12,793.71

Paris – CAC 40: DOWN 0.7% at 4,905.61

EURO STOXX 50: DOWN 0.4% at 3,289.21

Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 0.3% at 22,657.38 (shut)

Hong Kong – Hang Seng: UP 0.7% at 24,772.76 (shut)

Shanghai – Composite: UP 0.7% at 3,227.96 (shut)

New York – Dow: UP 0.4% at 26,584.77 (shut)

Euro/greenback: DOWN at $1.1719 from $1.1752 at 2100 GMT

Dollar/yen: UP at 105.41 yen from 105.37 yen

Pound/greenback: DOWN at $1.2879 from $1.2882

Euro/pound: UP at 92.00 pence from 91.23

West Texas Intermediate: UP 0.1% at $43.47 per barrel

Brent North Sea crude: DOWN 0.4% at $41.45

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