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Gold prices edge higher from two-week lows as Sino-US trade caution lingers

Global equities edged off their highest in almost two years, but kept record levels in sight



prices edged higher from a two-week low hit earlier on Tuesday, as equities retreated from multi-year highs, with investors awaiting more details on the imminent trade agreement between the United States and China.

Spot was up 0.2 per cent at $1,457.77 an ounce as of 10:36 a.m. ET (1536 GMT). US futures was up 0.1 per cent at $1,457.70.

Gold earlier touched its lowest since Nov. 12 at $1,450.30, having posted losses in the previous four sessions.

"The only story here is the China-US (trade deal). Last few sessions gold has been selling off on hopes for a US-China deal. Right now, gold is paused here and is in kind off wait-and-see (mode)," said Bob Haberkorn, senior market strategist at RJO Futures.

China's Vice Premier Liu He, US Trade representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed issues related to the phase one agreement on Tuesday, China's commerce ministry said.

"The talk on the streets is that the phase one deal is going to be a non-event. People believe that there would be a deal but very little substance in it," said Michael Matousek, head trader at US Global Investors.

"The market is going to be wandering around aimlessly for another week or two, until we get more information out of the Federal Reserve coming into December and the China trade deal."

However, despite optimism in the market for a conclusion to the protracted trade war between the world's two largest economies, analysts believe that gold is going to remain bullish in the longer term.

Speculators increased their bullish positions in COMEX gold and silver in the week to Nov. 19, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.

"The reason why you are seeing CFTC positions increasing is because people are looking long term and are worried about equities being too hot right now," Haberkorn said.

"They are concerned about a large sell-off in equities with how high they have got so fast."

Global equities edged off their highest in almost two years, but kept record levels in sight.

Safe-haven bullion has gained over 13 per cent so far this year.

Elsewhere, silver was up 0.6 per cent at $16.99 per ounce.

Palladium inched up 0.1 per cent to $1,798.59, having earlier touched its highest since Nov. 4, while platinum gained 0.6 per cent to $902.12 .

First Published: Tue, November 26 2019. 23:14 IST