MTS Gold Evening News 20190515

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MTS Gold Evening News 20190515

15 May 2019

•Gold prices edged lower on Wednesday, retreating from a one-month peak hit in the previous session as optimism surrounding trade talks between Washington and Beijing soothed investor concerns, boosting global stocks and the dollar.

Spot gold fell 0.2% to $1,295.02 an ounce by 0501 GMT.

U.S. gold futures edged 0.1% lower to $1,295.50 an ounce.

•“Gold is restrained as people are still interested in the dollar. The $1,300 level also looks like a good resistance,” said Peter Fung, head of dealing at Wing Fung Precious Metals in Hong Kong.

•The dollar held firm in early Asian trading, having been supported on Tuesday by U.S. President Donald Trump downplaying the recent escalation in his trade war with China as “a little squabble” and insisting that talks between the two countries had not collapsed.

Simultaneously, Asian stocks also turned cautiously optimistic surrounding trade developments between the two countries on Wednesday, while still not completely discounting the possibilities of a protracted spat.

“The (gold) market is holding because some people bought gold especially after the Chinese government also raised tariffs on U.S. goods,” Fung said, adding that the metal is expected to remain range-bound between $1,280 and $1,310 an ounce.

•There was some profit-taking in the previous session after prices jumped about $20 on Monday and above the key $1,300 level, analysts and traders said.

•“The ongoing Sino-U.S. trade dispute has illustrated cooling conditions as both parties expressed willingness to resolve existing trade differences,” Phillip Futures analysts wrote in a note.

“Gold prices though easing up on bullish gains will remain supported as investors remain cautious on lingering U.S.-China trade worries in the near term.”

•Market participants will now keenly eye a bevy of economic data from Europe that will provide further cues on the strength of the global economy.

•Gold prices broke through trend line resistance and are now poised to test target resistance near the April highs at 1,310. Support on the yellow metal is seen near the former breakout level near 1,294 and the 50-day moving average at 1,291. Momentum is positive as the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) histogram is printing in the black with an upward sloping trajectory which points to higher prices. The fast stochastic also surged which reflects accelerating positive momentum. The current reading on the fast stochastic is 80, at the overbought trigger level which could foreshadow a correction in gold prices.

•Among other precious metals, silver fell 0.3% to $14.74 an ounce, while platinum fell 0.4% to $851.95.
Palladium edged 0.1% higher to $1,337.40.

Reference : Reuters, FX Empire, Kitco

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