Gold prices up as rapid spread of coronavirus in Italy, Iran spurs safe-haven demand

Italy has reported more than 400 cases of coronavirus and Iran has reported only 139 cases, but epidemiologist say the true number of cases must be many times higher.

Reuters February 27, 2020 09:28:10 IST
Gold prices up as rapid spread of coronavirus in Italy, Iran spurs safe-haven demand
  • Italy has reported more than 400 cases and Iran has reported only 139 cases, but epidemiologist say the true number of cases must be many times higher.

  • Financial markets have been reacting to news of the virus’ spread because of its potential impact on the global economy

  • Germany is also at the beginning of an epidemic after new cases sprung up which can no longer be traced to the virus’s original source in China

Gold prices rose on Thursday as fears of a pandemic heightened after coronavirus infections surged in Italy and Iran, triggering a move away from riskier assets.

Fundamentals

Spot gold gained 0.3 percent to $1,644.11 per ounce as of 0044 GMT. US gold futures was up 0.2 percent at $1,646.

The number of new infections inside China—the source of the outbreak was for the first time overtaken by fresh cases elsewhere on Wednesday, with Italy and Iran emerging as epicentres of the rapidly spreading illness.

Italy has reported more than 400 cases and Iran has reported only 139 cases, but epidemiologist say the true number of cases must be many times higher.

Financial markets have been reacting to news of the virus’ spread because of its potential impact on the global economy.

The benchmark US 10-year Treasury yields were holding close to a record low touched in the previous session, while S&P 500 e-mini futures also fell.

Gold prices up as rapid spread of coronavirus in Italy Iran spurs safehaven demand

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Public health officials on Wednesday warned Americans to prepare for more virus cases and New York City announced plans to provide up to 1,200 hospital beds if needed.

Germany is also at the beginning of an epidemic after new cases sprung up which can no longer be traced to the virus’s original source in China, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday.

Sales of new US single-family homes raced to a 12-1/2-year high in January, pointing to housing market strength that could help to blunt any hit on the economy from the epidemic and keep the longest economic expansion in history on track.

South Korea’s central bank kept its key interest rate unchanged on Thursday, defying expectations for a cut amid growing pressure to ease policy as the outbreak hits demand in the export-reliant economy.

SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.5 percent to 935.70 tonnes on Wednesday.

Palladium rose 1.4 percent to $2,829.12 per ounce, while platinum inched up 0.2 percent to $912.44, having touched its lowest level since December earlier this session.

Silver edged up 0.3% to $17.93 an ounce, after having touched a one-week low in the previous session.

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