Gold Dips 1%, Set For Weekly Fall On Good US Data, Trade Optimism
Spot gold was 0.9 per cent lower at $1,504.86 per ounce as of 0957 GMT, having shed as much as 1 per cent earlier in the session, and retreating from an over six-year peak of $1,557 touched on Wednesday.
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Gold fell 1% on Friday, putting it on track for its second weekly fall, as robust economic data from the United States and the planned resumption of trade talks between Washington and Beijing boosted appetite for riskier assets.
Spot gold was 0.9% lower at $1,504.86 per ounce as of 0957 GMT, having shed as much as 1% earlier in the session, and retreating from an over six-year peak of $1,557 touched on Wednesday.
It fell over 2% on Thursday and was down 0.9% so far this week.
U.S. gold futures slid 0.8% to $1,513.30.
"The good economic news from the U.S. and the news of the restart of trade negotiations drove risk-on sentiment and in-turn drove down demand for gold and other safe-haven assets," said SP Angel analyst Sergey Raevskiy.
U.S data showing private employers' payrolls rose and the growth of the services sector accelerated in August increased investors' appetite for riskier assets, which were already buoyed by positive signs on U.S.-China trade talks.
Investors now await the monthly U.S. non-farm payrolls report due at 1230 GMT for further cues on the country's economic health.
"Most of it (gold's movement) will depend on the jobs report and if the data comes out stronger, we might see prices dip below (the $1,500 level)," Raevskiy said, adding people will buy on dips as gold is still supported by the lack of a "resolution" in the trade war and negative-yielding sovereign debts.
Expectations for further monetary policy easing around the globe was adding further support to bullion, analysts said. The yellow metal has risen about 18% so far this year.
Despite the reassuring U.S. economic signs, bond markets still expect the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates this month.
Lower interest rates and Treasury yields reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.
Other precious metals dipped along with gold, with silver slumping 2.8% to $18.10 per ounce, adding to the 4.8% slide on Thursday. It was on track to post its first weekly fall in five.
"We do not believe that this latest correction constitutes a trend reversal but see it rather as (gold and silver) prices taking a breather within an otherwise intact upward trend," Commerzbank analyst Daniel Briesemann said in a note.
Spot platinum dropped 2.7% to $932.88 an ounce, but was en route to post its third weekly gain.
Spot palladium fell 0.4% to $1,552.54, but was on track for its fifth straight weekly gain.