Gold Rises After Low Prices Spur Demand

Gold rose the most in almost three weeks in New York on speculation prices near a two-month low will encourage physical buying as investors weigh tension over Ukraine and the Middle East.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to meet his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, today, as Ukraine said yesterday an armored column including 10 tanks entered from Russia as the government in Moscow announced plans to send a second convoy with humanitarian aid into rebel-held Ukrainian territory.

Bullion slid to a two-month low of $1,273.40 an ounce on Aug. 21, on expectations the Federal Reserve may hike interest rates sooner than expected. Fed Chair Janet Yellen hinted in an address at Jackson Hole, Wyoming the following day that the timeline for rate increases could be brought forward, with U.S. policy makers already paring back asset purchases.

“Gold may be picking up a little bit of bargain-hunting interest,” James Moore, an analyst at FastMarkets Ltd. in London, said today by phone. Ukraine and the Middle East “are helping keep gold underpinned.”

Gold for December delivery rose 0.7 percent to $1,287.70 by 7:26 a.m. on the Comex in New York. Prices climbed as much as 1 percent, the biggest intraday gain since Aug. 6. Bullion for immediate delivery advanced 0.8 percent to $1,287.13 in London, according to Bloomberg generic pricing.

Futures trading volume was 9.7 percent above 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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