GOLD PRICES held just below yesterday’s 5-week high in London Wednesday morning, trading near $1240 per ounce as Asian and European stock markets extended Wall Street’s steep drop amid forecasts of a US economic recession after the yield curve on Washington’s debt briefly inverted.
“China does not want Tariffs!” Trump tweeted overnight – also retweeting a comment
that fuel-tax protesters in France are allegedly chanting “We want Trump” as part of a “middle class rebellion against cultural Marxism”, exemplified by the Paris climate accord.
….I am a Tariff Man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. It will always be the best way to max out our economic power. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2018
Monday saw 2-year US Treasury bond yields rise above 5-year yields
, suggesting that the market sees interest-rate cuts ahead. But the more closely-watched 10-versus-2 year spread remains positive.
From this time last month, betting on the US Federal Reserve raising its key rate 3 times or more by end-2019 has now halved according to data
from futures exchange the CME, falling from 59.1% of speculative positions to just 30.0% last night.
Having closely tracked the Chinese Yuan’s exchange-rate to the US Dollar all through 2018, gold prices have risen as the Yuan fell since October, extending that split so far in December.
The Yuan this morning rose to 14.64 US cents. Gold would today stand nearer $1200 per ounce if 2018’s correlation with the CNY hadn’t snapped.
“Shanghai opened [Wednesday] with a mild bid-bias,” says the daily trading note from Swiss refiners and finance group MKS Pamp, “although further gains were tempered by firming USD…weighing upon gold
“It remains to be seen whether gold is able to sustain its recent bid tone, with much to be determined on the movement of US yields and concurrently the greenback. Resistance through $1240 remains formidable.”
“[The] US-China trade war is a source of market anxiety and, therefore, potential support for gold and silver prices,” says Australian bank Macquarie’s commodities team.
But forecasting a Q1 2019 average price beneath $1200
, it says “buoyant US economic activity and the US Fed’s ongoing rate-hike cycle matter more to investors…dominant supports of the US Dollar.”
Euro gold prices meantime edged back above €1090 per ounce on Wednesday after reaching that 6-week high yesterday even as the European Commission said Italy’s left-right coalition “is now willing to listen
to our point of view” about cutting its 2019 budget deficit plans.
Over in London Theresa May’s Government was defeated 3 times in the House of Commons
on Tuesday, forcing it to publish private legal advice and to accept a greater role for Parliament in renegotiating Brexit should May’s deal be rejected by lawmakers in next week’s key vote.
Some pundits see that as opening the door to the UK cancelling Article 50
and remaining in the European Union – a move it could make unilaterally, without needing the other 27 EU states to agree, according to legal advice from the European Court of Justice.
on Wednesday fell back to $14.48 after hitting 4-week highs above $14.60 per ounce.
“Looking ahead,” say specialist analysts Metals Focus, “we believe the dynamic of an investor long overhang that has been built up for palladium, combined with the [reversal of bearish speculative betting] in the gold market, will eventually contribute to gold re-establishing its premium over palladium.”