Gold Rises as Low Prices Spurred Buyers

Gold rose in New York on speculation a drop to a three-month low will spur more purchases. Platinum traded near the lowest price since February.

Bullion retreated 7 percent from an almost four-month high set July 10, when geopolitical tensions helped spur demand for a haven. The decline took the metal toward a technical level that suggests to some traders that the price may rise. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Russia has withdrawn more than two-thirds of its troops from his country as European Union governments meet to consider imposing tougher Russian sanctions.

The dollar reached a 14-month high today against a basket of 10 major currencies. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect data this week to show jobless claims fell and retail sales improved, adding to the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next year.

“Market participants continued reducing their bullish bets in the metal on the strengthening dollar,” Abhishek Chinchalkar, an analyst at Mumbai-based AnandRathi Commodities Ltd., said in a report today. “With prices at a three-month low, buyers of the physical yellow metal could step in at these levels.”

Gold for December delivery rose 0.4 percent to $1,253 an ounce by 7:27 a.m. on the Comex in New York. It fell to $1,248.10 yesterday, the lowest since June 6. Bullion for immediate delivery lost 0.2 percent to $1,252.54 in London, according to Bloomberg generic pricing.

Futures trading volume was about the average for the past 100 days for this time of day, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

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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