Gold at one-month high amid rising fear of virus
Risk aversion is boosting bullion while growth-exposed currencies and share markets are under pressure, analyst says
Bengaluru — Gold jumped to its highest in more than a month on Monday as investors sought the safe-haven metal after surging coronavirus cases intensified concerns over a delay in global economic recovery.
Spot gold was up 0.5% at $1,750.91 per ounce by 6.37am after hitting its highest since May 18. US gold futures rose 0.8% to $1,766.90.
“General risk aversion is helping the market. We are seeing pressure on growth-exposed currencies and on share markets. Overall, there are concerns about increasing infection rates,” said Michael McCarthy, chief strategist at CMC Markets.
“The market is concerned about the outlook for growth and that of course is supportive for gold.”
The World Health Organisation reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday. Rising infections in the US and elsewhere dented hopes for a quick economic recovery and weighed on investors’ appetite for riskier assets.
Meanwhile, two US Federal Reserve officials sounded increasing pessimism on the swiftness of any economic recovery from the virus and warned the unemployment rate could rise again if the disease is not brought under control.
Geopolitical tensions also supported the safe-haven asset amid developments in Hong Kong, as details of a new national security law for the territory showed Beijing will have overarching powers over its enforcement.
Indicative of sentiment, SPDR Gold Trust holdings rose 2% to 1,159.31 tonnes on Friday, while speculators increased their bullish positions in Comex gold and silver contracts in the week to June 16.
Spot gold may test a resistance at $1,767 per ounce, a break above which could lead to a gain to $1,796, said Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.
Elsewhere, silver gained 1.4% to $17.84 per ounce to its highest in more than a week. Palladium rose 0.1% to $1,912.74, while platinum jumped 1.3% to $816.27.