Gold climbs as US riots spark safe-haven rush; mounting tensions with China extend support to yellow metal

Indicative of sentiment, holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.3 percent to 1,123.14 tonnes on Friday, a fresh seven-year high.

Reuters June 01, 2020 10:15:40 IST
Gold climbs as US riots spark safe-haven rush; mounting tensions with China extend support to yellow metal

Gold prices rose on Monday as riots in major US cities rattled investors already reeling from strained Sino-US relations and boosted demand for the safe-haven metal, with a weaker dollar lending further support.

Spot gold gained 0.8 percent to $1,739.75 per ounce. US gold futures ticked up 0.1 percent to $1,752.60.

“Concerns about the unrest in the United States at the moment appear to be weighing on market sentiment,” said Michael McCarthy, chief strategist at CMC Markets, adding that rising tensions between the world’s top two economies provided further support to gold.

Protesters have flooded the streets in the United States over the death of George Floyd in police custody, in a wave of outrage sweeping a politically and racially divided nation.

The closely packed crowds and demonstrators not wearing masks have sparked fears of a resurgence of COVID-19, which has killed more than 101,000 Americans.

In Asia, China’s state media and the government of Hong Kong lashed out on Sunday at US President Donald Trump’s pledge to end Hong Kong’s special status if Beijing imposes new national security laws on the city.

Gold is often used as a safe store of value during times of political and financial uncertainty.

Indicative of sentiment, holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.3 percent to 1,123.14 tonnes on Friday, a fresh seven-year high.

Further supporting gold’s appeal, the dollar index fell 0.4 percent against its rivals.

Elsewhere, silver jumped 2 percent to $18.20 per ounce, its highest since 26 February, before retreating slightly to trade 1.8 percent higher at $18.16.

Speculators cut their bullish positions in COMEX gold and increased them in silver contracts in the week to 26 May, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Friday.

Palladium rose 0.7 percent to $1,958.25 per ounce, while platinum declined 0.3 percent to $835.56.

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