Gold Loses Ground on Strong USD and Easing Tensions

Gold traded little changed near a three-month low in New York as a stronger dollar cut demand and investors weighed signs of easing tensions over Ukraine. Platinum reached the lowest price in four months.

Gold has fallen 5 percent this quarter on the outlook for higher U.S. borrowing costs, while the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of 10 major currencies, reached the highest since July 2013 today. Federal Reserve policy makers will meet Sept. 16-17.

Demand for a haven helped gold reach an almost four-month high on July 10. European Union governments put on hold for at least a “few days” new sanctions against Russia, allowing more time to assess the viability of a cease-fire in Ukraine without risking further trade retaliation by Russia. A Sept. 5 cease-fire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists has raised the prospect of a lasting truce.

“It would seem that for the time being at least, the dollar has once again become the main driver,” David Govett, head of precious metals at Marex Spectron Group in London, said in a note today. “Headlines will move prices, but it does seem as though the trouble spots in the world have been quiet as of late.”

Gold for December delivery added 0.2 percent to $1,256.40 an ounce by 7:20 a.m. on the Comex in New York. It fell to $1,252.10 yesterday, the lowest since June 10. Bullion for immediate delivery was little changed at $1,255.88 in London, according to Bloomberg generic pricing.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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