Gold rises on Fed rate cut bets, weak euro zone data
By K. Sathya Narayanan
(Reuters) - Gold gained on Wednesday en route to snap a three-session losing streak on expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve and other major central banks would adopt a dovish approach to monetary policy, while silver soared to a more than one-year high.
"Much (of the gains in gold) have to do with expectations related to a Fed rate cut. If you get a rate cut, the opportunity cost of holding gold decreases and we will see more inflows into gold," said Natixis analyst Bernard Dahdah.
Investors expect the U.S. central bank to cut its overnight benchmark lending rate at its July 30-31 policy meeting.
Bullion also largely ignored a robust dollar <.DXY>, which held close to a seven-week peak against key rivals. [USD/]
Gold priced in euros
The euro zone purchasing managers' index (PMI), considered a good guide to economic health, dropped to 51.5 this month from 52.2 in June, missing the median expectation in a Reuters poll for 52.1.
Gold gained on safe-haven bets following the PMI number out of Europe, David Meger, director of metals trading at High Ridge Futures, said.
Apart from expectations for dovish central bank policy globally, bullion is also being supported by U.S.-Iran tensions and ongoing trade war, Meger added.
A U.S. Navy ship took defensive action against a second Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz last week, but did not see the drone go into the water, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.
"Silver is living up to its reputation of being volatile. ... Retail and institutional investors are looking into silver ETFs, indicating it is in demand again," said Quantitative Commodity Research analyst Peter Fertig.
(Graphic: Silver ETFs vs Gold ETFs, https://tmsnrt.rs/2Mbskz8 )
(Additional reporting by Nallur Sethuraman and Karthika Suresh Namboothiri in Bengaluru; editing by Susan Thomas, Chris Reese and Richard Chang)
This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.
By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States
BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.