Gold rises as concerns over US stimulus dent risk appetite; dip in US Treasury yields, dollar supports bullion further

Spot gold was up 0.4 percent at $1,656.37 per ounce having fallen nearly 2 percent on Tuesday on hopes for global stimulus measures. US gold futures GCcv1 slipped 0.2 percent to $1,656.70.

Reuters March 11, 2020 11:11:06 IST
Gold rises as concerns over US stimulus dent risk appetite; dip in US Treasury yields, dollar supports bullion further
  • Spot gold was up 0.4% at $1,656.37 per ounce having fallen nearly 2% on Tuesday on hopes for global stimulus measures

  • The dip in US Treasury yields and the dollar supported bullion further, CMC’s Yan said

  • Holdings in the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, fell 0.2% to 962.03 tonnes on Tuesday

Gold prices rose on Wednesday after a steep fall in the previous session, as doubts about a stimulus package proposed by US President Donald Trump to soften the economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic weighed on risk sentiment.

Spot gold was up 0.4 percent at $1,656.37 per ounce having fallen nearly 2 percent on Tuesday on hopes for global stimulus measures. US gold futures slipped 0.2 percent to $1,656.70.

The White House and Congress negotiated measures on Tuesday to bolster the US economy and Americans’ paychecks against the epidemic’s impact, although there was no immediate sign of a deal.

Gold rises as concerns over US stimulus dent risk appetite dip in US Treasury yields dollar supports bullion further

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“Risk sentiment has turned sour ... the market is pretty disappointed by Trump’s delay of the stimulus package, which he had promised on Tuesday,” CMC Markets analyst Margaret Yang Yan said.

A central feature of the legislative proposal is payroll tax relief, although the extent and duration of the proposal were unclear.

Asian shares and Wall Street futures fell as growing scepticism about Washington’s stimulus package knocked the steam out of an earlier rally.

Benchmark US 10-year Treasury yields drifted lower, resuming their march towards an all-time low touched earlier in the week, while the dollar fell against key rivals as nervous sentiment over the coronavirus epidemic persisted.

The dip in US Treasury yields and the dollar supported bullion further, CMC’s Yan said.

The total number of infected cases in mainland China rose to 80,778 as of Tuesday, while more than 116,000 people have been infected globally.

Central banks, meanwhile, were seen stepping up efforts to combat the economic fallout of the epidemic, with the US Federal Reserve expected to cut interest rates during its scheduled policy meeting in the coming week.

The Fed had already slashed its benchmark interest rate in an emergency move last week. Markets are also pricing in a rate cut by the Bank of England on 26 March.

European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde will participate in a video conference of the EU’s 27 leaders to discuss measures to counter the virus impact, the Council of the European Union said in a tweet.

Lower interest rate reduces the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.

Holdings in the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), fell 0.2 percent to 962.03 tonnes on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, palladium fell 0.6 percent to $2,404.58 per ounce, while platinum was up 0.8 percent to $875.37. Silver rose 1.3 percent to $17.08 per ounce.

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