Dow tanks 800 points in worst day of 2019 after bond market sends recession warning

Stocks plunged on Wednesday, giving back Tuesday’s solid gains, after the U.S. bond market flashed a troubling signal about the U.S. economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped about 801 points or 3%, while the S&P 500 fell 2.9% and Nasdaq Composite declined 3%. The Dow fell to a new low for August, giving up the entire rebound from a sell-off earlier in the month.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note on Wednesday broke below the 2-year rate, an odd bond market phenomenon that has been a reliable indicator of economic recessions. Investors, worried about the state of the economy, rushed to long-term safe haven assets, pushing the yield on the benchmark 30-year Treasury bond to a new record low on Wednesday.

Bank stocks led the declines as it gets tougher for the group to make a profit lending money in such an environment. Bank of America and Citigroup fell 4.69% and 5.28% respectively, while J.P. Morgan also dropped 4.15%. The S&P 500 Financials Sector dipped into correction territory on an intraday basis.

“The U.S. equity market is on borrowed time after the yield curve inverts,” wrote Bank of America technical strategist Stephen Suttmeier.

There have been five inversions of the 2-year and 10-year yields since 1978 and all were precursors to a recession, but there is a significant lag, according to data from Credit Suisse. A recession occurred, on average, 22 months after the inversion, Credit Suisse shows. And the S&P 500 actually enjoyed average returns of 15% 18 months after an inversion before it eventually turns.

The last time this key part of the yield curve inverted was in December 2005, two years before the recession hit.

“Historically speaking the inversion of that benchmark yield curve measure means that we now must expect a recession anywhere from six-to-18 months from today which will drastically, and negatively, shift our medium-to-longer term outlook on the broader markets,” Tom Essaye, founder of The Sevens Report, said in a note on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at the Federal Reserve and “clueless” Jerome Powell, blaming the central bank for “holding us back.” He also called the inverted yield curve “crazy.”

August has been a volatile month for the stock market so far. Including Wednesday, the Dow has moved more than 200 points in either direction on seven occasions. Wednesday’s plunge was the biggest drop since the August 5 drubbing of 767 points, or 2.9%, on the Dow.

Shares of Macy’s tanked more than 13% to their lowest level in a decade after the retailer posted second-quarter earnings way below analysts’ expectations as heavy markdowns used in spring to clear unsold merchandise weighed on profits.

Global slowdown

Investors are increasingly worried about a global economic slowdown as weaker-than-expected data in China deepened the gloom in the world’s second-largest economy. Official data published Wednesday showed growth of China’s industrial output slowed to 4.8% in July from a year earlier, the weakest growth in 17 years.

Adding to the fears is Germany’s negative GDP print, which raised the risk that Europe’s largest economy is on the verge of falling into a recession. Euro zone GDP also grew by just 0.2% quarter on quarter, a significant slowdown from the 0.4% growth in the first quarter.

The U.S. decided to delay tariffs on certain Chinese goods while outright removing some items from the tariff list, the United States Trade Representative announced Tuesday. Wall Street cheered the news, with the Dow jumping as much as 529 points before settling to finish the day 372 points higher.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the move was designed to avoid any potential impact on holiday shopping ahead of the Christmas season. He added China would very much like to make a trade deal.

There are still seven “structural issues” the U.S. needs to settle with China through negotiations, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told Fox Business Network on Wednesday. These issues include cyber intrusion into U.S. business networks, forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft and currency manipulation, he added.

China’s Commerce Ministry said Vice Premier Liu He had spoken by phone with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday and they agreed to talk again in two weeks.

Source: CNBC

Gold sheds 2% on signs of U.S.-China trade thaw

* U.S. and China agree to continue trade talks

* Silver falls over 0.6%, palladium gains about 2%

* Dollar index rises 0.4% (Updates prices)

By Sumita Layek and Arpan Varghese

Aug 13 (Reuters) – Gold fell as much as 2% in a reversal from six-year highs on Tuesday, after the United States said it would delay tariffs on some Chinese products and on news that both sides agreed to continue trade talks.

Spot gold was down 0.7% at $1,501.22 per ounce at 2:00 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), having earlier hit its highest level since April 2013 at $1,534.31.

U.S. gold futures settled down 0.2% to $1,514.1 an ounce.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said the Trump administration will delay 10% tariffs on certain Chinese products, including laptops and cell phones, that had been scheduled to start next month.

“A thawing, perhaps reconsideration of the new proposed tariffs has drained the heat from the (gold) rally for now,” said Tai Wong, head of base and precious metals derivatives trading at BMO.

“While this does not dramatically dim the overall positive outlook for gold, it will temper its momentum in the short term.”

U.S. stocks turned positive and the dollar rose on the news, with further momentum also coming from news that both sides had agreed to conduct phone calls on trade again in two weeks.

“Gold will be trading in a defensive position until the next two weeks; there will be some buying at the dips but the explosive moves higher we’ve seen in the last two weeks is not expected with the trade talks hanging over the market,” said Bob Haberkorn, senior market strategist at RJO Futures.

Gold’s rise to over 6-year highs earlier in the day was triggered by a rout in the Argentine peso and unrest in Hong Kong.

Market focus is now on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s annual symposium next week for clues on the future trajectory of interest rates. Traders see a 86.2% chance of a 25 basis-point rate cut by the U.S. central bank this September.

Meanwhile, holdings in the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, jumped 0.9% to 847.77 tonnes on Monday.

Among other precious metals, silver fell 0.6% to $16.96 per ounce, while platinum was up 0.2% to $853.81. Palladium gained 1.9% at $1,454.03 an ounce. (Reporting by Sumita Layek and Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru; editing by Alistair Bell, Grant McCool and Richard Chang)

Source: Reuters

Gold Prices To Hit $1,575 In 3 Months, $1,600 In 6 Months – Goldman Sachs

(Kitco News) – Goldman Sachs Group upgraded its gold forecast for the first time this year, upping its 3-month and 6-month projections to $1,575 and $1,600 an ounce in light of escalating trade war tensions.

Gold prices were solidly above $1,500 an ounce on Monday — a level that was hit last week for the first time since 2013.

After rising nearly 4% last week, gold’s rally is far from over, according to analysts at Goldman, who see more upside in the yellow metal.

“Gold prices have increased further as a weaker CNY sparked substantial U.S. and global growth fears. With growth worries likely to persist, gold could rise further, driven by an increased ETF allocation from portfolio managers, who continue to under-own gold. We raise our 3, 6, 12 month gold price forecasts from $1,450, $1,475, $1,475/toz to $1,575, $1,600 and $1,600/toz, respectively,” Goldman analysts said in a note.

The U.S.-China trade war has entered stage two this summer as U.S. President Donald Trump announced a 10% tariff on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese imports starting September 1, the note said.

“With the U.S. and China taking a harder line on trade, our economists no longer expect a trade deal before the 2020 president election—a fundamental change in view,” the analysts including Sabine Schels wrote on Wednesday.

A currency war with depreciating CNY plays a key role in trade war tensions and Goldman’s outlook for the precious metals.

“Previously, China opted for stability and defended its currency in order to facilitate the ongoing trade negotiations in the background. Now, FX appears to be playing an increasingly central role in the trade tensions,” the analysts said. “We estimate that a 10% depreciation of CNY vs USD would spell as much as 13% downside to the S&P GSCI industrial metals sub-index.”

Weaker CNY, in this case, means higher gold prices due to increased global growth fears, added Goldman.

“The depreciation of the CNY led to an increase in ‘fear’, lower long term U.S. rates, and thus a higher gold price. Thus, a substantial depreciation of the CNY could lead to more ‘fear’ regarding U.S. and global growth akin to early 2016 and should be bullish gold,” the analysts stated.

Gold’s ETF demand is also on a strong uptrend, with Goldman upping its 2019 forecast from 300 tonnes to 600 tonnes.

“Now with the DM CAI persistently low, the trade war escalating, global equities selling off and volatility spiking, it looks like our risk scenario is playing out. Indeed, gold ETFs have recently built momentum almost as strong as in 2016 and we believe that can be maintained in the short term,” the analysts said.

By Anna Golubova

Source: Kitco News

Gold hovers around $1,500; sees best week in three years

Gold prices rose on Friday and were on course for its best week in over three years as negative yielding debt around the globe, dovish central banks and escalating U.S.-China trade tensions kept prices hemmed close to $1,500 level.

Spot gold was up 0.3% at $1,503.69 per ounce after it surpassed $1,500 for the first time since April 2013 earlier this week. U.S. gold futures rose 0.4% to $1,515.20 an ounce.

“Gold is where it is right now because it seems to be the perfect environment for it between central banks cutting interest rates and negative yielding debt,” OANDA senior market analyst Craig Erlam said.

“Gold has gone up so much and is going to reach a point where people will start questioning whether it is overbought … and whether correction is on the cards.”

German long-dated bond yields tumbled to record lows in negative territory on Wednesday, while Dutch 30-year and Irish 10-year yields turned negative for the first time on Monday.

The central banks of New Zealand, Thailand and India stunned markets with a series of interest rate cuts, pointing to policymakers’ dwindling ammunition to fight a downturn.

The U.S. Federal Reserve also cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time since 2008 last week.

“The trade spat is driving the market crazy. We don’t rule out technical corrections, but $1,500 is now the new normal unless trade relations take a turn in a right direction,” said Jigar Trivedi, commodities analyst at Mumbai-based Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers.

Bullion has risen 4.4% so far this week – the biggest since April 2016 – and about 17% for the year, gaining more than $100 in the past week.

On the technical front “if we can go past the pivotal $1,520-$1560 region, it would start to a look a lot bullish. … For it to move that far ahead we need to see more convincing sign for something darker on the horizon,” OANDA’s Erlam added.

On the investment side, holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, has gained about 1.8% this week and about 7.3% in 2019.

Precious metal funds recorded the fourth-largest inflows ever in the week to Wednesday and investment-grade funds sucked in money, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Friday.

Elsewhere, silver rose 0.8% to $17.03 per ounce and was on course for a weekly gain of nearly 5%. Platinum gained 0.4% to $863.65, while palladium climbed 0.6% to $1,430 an ounce.

Source: CNBC

Gold surges above $1,500, now has a better return than stocks this year


  • Wednesday marked the first time since April 2013 that gold traded above $1,500, bringing its 2019 gains to more than 18%.
  • That return is higher than the S&P 500′s 14.3% year-to-date gain.
  • Gold got a boost amid worries over the global economy U.S.-China trade war intensified while several central banks around the world cut interest rates.

Gold rose to its highest level in more than six years on Wednesday as concerns about the global economy made the precious metal and other traditional safe havens more attractive than riskier assets like stocks. The metal also caught a bid as the amount of negative-yielding bonds keeps growing.

Gold futures for December delivery jumped 2.2% to trade at $1,522.70 per ounce. Wednesday marked the first time since April 2013 that gold traded above $1,500. The gains brought the metal’s gains to more than 18%. That return is higher than the S&P 500′s 14.3% year-to-date gain.

Investors turned to gold at a time when the amount of debt trading at negative yield increases. Currently, there is $15 trillion worth of bonds with negative rates. This makes gold more attractive since it retains its value even in times of slower economic growth.

Concerns over the global economy come as the U.S.-China trade war intensified with Chinese authorities allowing the country’s currency, the yuan, to depreciate against the dollar while several central banks around the world cut interest rates.

“That is the biggest factor because it introduces a whole new set of risks to the equation,” said Ryan Giannotto, director of research at GraniteShares. “What’s really playing into people’s fears is does the depreciation of the yuan signify a larger threat to the economy.”

On Monday, China allowed the yuan to weaken beyond 7 per U.S. dollar, marking the currency’s lowest level against the greenback in more than a decade. That move led to Wall Street’s biggest sell-off of 2019. The People’s Bank of China initially quelled escalation fears on Tuesday by pegging the yuan at a stronger-than-forecast level relative to the dollar. However, those worries reemerged after China set the yuan at a weaker-than-expected rate.

China’s currency moves came after President Donald Trump announced last week a 10% tariff on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. Investors are fearful about the tariff because the goods being targeted include consumer products ranging from apparel to Apple products like the iPhone.

Trade tensions have helped gold surge this month while stocks have lagged. The precious metal is up more than 5% in August. The S&P 500, meanwhile, has dropped more than 4%.

“Although gold futures remain near-term overbought, momentum is decidedly higher,” said Tom Essaye, founder of The Sevens Report, in a note. “Fundamentally, the sharp downtrends in bond yields firmly support the bullish case for gold.”

Concerns about the economy have also lifted gold prices while global yields fell.

Central banks in New Zealand, India and Thailand all cut interest rates overnight. New Zealand reduced its overnight rate by 50 basis points while India lowered its rate by 35 basis points. Thailand cut rates by 25 basis points.

The three central banks cited weaker economic growth in one way or another. India’s central bank noted inflation growth was mild and needed to boost the country’s economy. New Zealand’s central bank said lower rates were “necessary to continue to meet its employment and inflation objectives. ” The Thai central bank said it expected economic growth to slow.

The U.S. 10-year note yield fell to its lowest level since 2016, briefly dipping below 1.6%. In Germany, the 10-year bund hit a record low, reaching negative 0.6%.

“The flight to safety has continued across global financial markets,” said Ken Berman, CEO of Gorilla Trades. “Bulls are hoping that the recovery that started yesterday will continue, but volatility is likely to remain elevated.”

Jeffrey Gundlach, CEO of Doubleline Capital, sees further gains for the precious metal moving forward as yields keep falling.

“At this point, I think the way to think about it is, as long as the volume of negative interest rate bonds outstanding increases, it’s quite likely that gold moves higher in a similar vein,” Gundlach told Yahoo Finance.

Source: CNBC

Gold Weekly Price Forecast – Gold markets rally significantly for the week

The Gold markets initially pulled back during the week, but then found enough support at the uptrend line of the ascending triangle to turn things around and break above the crucial $1450 level.

The gold market has broken to the upside and above the crucial $1450 level, an area that has offered a lot of resistance as of late. The fact that we are up here now, tells me that we are ready to take on the $1500 level, an area that should be psychologically and structurally important. If we can break above that level, then the market is likely to go much higher. At this point, I believe that the market is going to come back and find buyers on any dip that occurs. There is a serious “risk off” attitude out there right now, and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.

While I do recognize that $1500 is going to be difficult to break above, I think it does happen given enough time. Quite frankly, there’s far too many things out there to spook the markets to think that we are going to break down suddenly. Quite frankly, I think gold has entered a larger and longer timeframe bullish run. The recent consolidation has made the market digest the parabolic move previously, and now it looks like we are going to see more of the same. At this point, I believe the $1400 level should offer significant support. Any support in that area should continue to see people being interested in buying.

If we did break down below the $1400 level, then the next support level is the $1350 level. Quite frankly, at this point I would be somewhat stunned to see that level gets broken. I have no interest in selling.

Source: FX Empire

Gold Prices Jump After President Trump Announces New 10% Tariff On China

(Kitco News) – The gold market is seeing some renewed interest and is close to unchanged on the day as President Donald Trump fires another salvo in the U.S. trade war with China.

In a twitter post, Trump said that the government will impose a 10% tariff on the remaining $300 billion in imported goods from China. This is on top of the 25% tariffs on $250 of imported goods.

Gold price were in solidly negative territory but has cut its losses in initial reaction to the tweets. December gold futures last traded at $1,441.20 an ounce, relatively unchanged on the day.

Before Trump’s announcement investors selling gold, reacting with disappointment from a less dovish Federal Reserve following Wednesday’s monetary policy meeting, which saw the first rate cut in a decade. However, some analysts have warned that investors should look past U.S. interest rates and keep an eye on the fragile global economy facing renewed trade war tensions.

By Neils Christensen

Kitco News

Gold Sells Off Moderately, Then Recovers, After U.S. Rate Cut

(Kitco News) – Gold prices are trading near steady in volatile action in the aftermath of the first U.S. interest rate cut from the Federal Reserve in 11 years. The yellow metal dropped to down around $10 on the day just after the FOMC statement. It could be that the precious metals bulls were initially a bit disappointed the Fed only cut rates by 0.25% instead of 0.50%. Or, it could be the classic “buy the rumor, sell the fact” phenomenon that occurs when the market has fully factored into prices a highly expected outcome of an event. However, gold traders quickly stepped in to “buy the dip” to push gold prices back higher. December gold futures were last down $0.70 an ounce at 1,441.00. September Comex silver prices were last down $0.083 at $16.465 an ounce.

The main economic data point of the week saw the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement on U.S. monetary policy cut its main interest rate, the “fed funds rate” by 0.25%, to a range of 2% to 2.25%. Most market watchers reckoned a 0.25% interest rate reduction was in the cards, but a few did look for a bigger 0.5% rate cut. The FOMC vote was 8-2 in favor of the quarter-point cut. This was the first rate decrease by the Federal Reserve in 11 years. The FOMC statement said the rate cut was enacted due to very low inflation pressures and concerns about global economic growth. The statement also suggests the door is opened to more interest rate reductions in the months ahead.

The U.S. dollar index actually moved up and hit new highs for the year on the FOMC news, as greenback bulls were happy the Fed did not cut rates by a half-point. U.S. stock indexes sold off a bit and hit session lows after trading firmer before the FOMC statement was released.

Today’s ADP national employment report showed a rise of 156,000 workers in July, which was close to being in line with market expectations. On Friday the more important U.S. employment situation report for July is out. The key non-farm payrolls number is expected to be up around 165,000. In June, non-farm payrolls were up 224,000.

The key “outside markets” today see Nymex crude oil prices higher and trading around $58.50 a barrel. The U.S. dollar index is slightly up and not too far below the new high for the year hit on Tuesday.

Live 24 hours gold chart [Kitco Inc.]

Technically, December gold futures prices closed nearer the session low and scored a mildly bearish “outside day” down today. The bulls have the firm overall near-term technical advantage and are keeping in place a nine-week-old uptrend on the daily bar chart. Gold bulls’ next upside near-term price breakout objective is to produce a close above solid technical resistance at the July high of $1,467.00. Bears’ next near-term downside price breakout objective is pushing prices below solid technical support at the July low of $1,396.40. First resistance is seen at today’s high of $1,447.80 and then at the June high of $1,453.70. First support is seen at this week’s low of $1,427.50 and then at last week’s low of $1,423.90. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 7.5

Live 24 hours silver chart [ Kitco Inc. ]

September silver futures prices closed nearer the session low today. The silver bulls have the solid overall near-term technical advantage. Prices are in a two-month-old uptrend on the daily bar chart. Silver bulls’ next upside price breakout objective is closing prices above solid technical resistance at $17.00 an ounce. The next downside price breakout objective for the bears is closing prices below solid support at $15.835. First resistance is seen at last week’s high of $16.685 and then at $16.75. Next support is seen at today’s low of $16.31 and then at $16.195. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 7.5.

September N.Y. copper closed down 65 points at 267.20 cents today. Prices closed nearer the session low and hit a three-week low today. The copper bears have the firm overall near-term technical advantage. Copper bulls’ next upside price objective is pushing and closing prices above solid technical resistance at the July high of 280.30 cents. The next downside price objective for the bears is closing prices below solid technical support at the June low of 259.95 cents. First resistance is seen at 270.00 cents and then at this week’s high of 272.65 cents. First support is seen at today’s low of 266.05 cents and then at 264.00 cents. Wyckoff’s Market Rating: 2.5.

By Jim Wyckoff

Kitco News

Gold Stages 11th-Hour Rally Before Highly-Anticipated Rate Cut

By Barani Krishnan – The gold rush ahead of the much-anticipated Federal Reserve rate cut is ringing the tills at the 11th hour for bugs of the yellow metal.

Gold prices rose for a fourth-consecutive session on Tuesday as international bond yields continued to fall in response to weak Japanese and European data, before the close of the Fed’s two-day policy meeting.

Spot gold, reflective of trades in bullion, traded at $1,430.66 per ounce by 2:35 PM ET (18:35 GMT), up $3.75, or 0.3%, on the day.

Gold futures for August delivery, traded on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, settled up $9.30, or 0.7%, at $1,429.70. It hit a five-day high of $1,433.19 earlier in the session. Gold futures for December delivery, Comex’s designated front-month after the expiry of the August contract, settled up $1.10 at $1,433.30.

With fed funds futures pricing odds of the 25 basis point cut at 100%, attention has shifted to just how much resistance the move will receive from within the Federal Open Market Committee.

Market expectations for an even larger 50-basis-point cut soared mid-month, but have since pulled back in light of a series of positive economic data, including a slowdown in U.S. economic growth that was not as bad as forecast. Following Wednesday’s expected cut, markets still project another reduction in September with chances for a third decrease in December above the 50% mark.

Those long the yellow metal have enjoyed an extended run on the notion that the Fed may do more than the quarter-point cut.

Non-yielding bullion, which benefits from lower rates, has been steadily climbing in the run-up to the expected announcement.

“Investors are wondering whether the Fed’s expected 25-basis-point rate cut would be enough to keep the markets supported given that some people have been calling for a deeper rate cut at this meeting,” said Fawad Razaqzada, analyst at in London.

“This comes on the back of disappointment that Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, was not as dovish as the market had expected last week,” he added

Joseph Brusuelas, chief economist at consultancy RSM US LLP, said in a morning note the Fed vote on rates could yield surprises.

“Given the sharp differences of opinion among committee members on the efficacy of a rate cut now as opposed to reserving as much monetary firepower as possible for when the current business cycle ends, there will likely be at least one dissenting voice,” Brusuelas said. analyst Darrell Delamaide said that the Fed statement and Chairman Jerome Powell’s press conference will overshadow the rate cut itself.

“The market reaction this week depends a lot on how the committee phrases its consensus message and most of all on how Powell explains the thinking of policymakers,” Delamaide said.

“If he continues to emphasize headwinds and risks to the economy, especially from trade tensions, investors can maintain their belief that further cuts are in store.”

In other central bank news, the Bank of Japan made no changes to interest rates in its decision announced overnight. Although it did revise its inflation forecast lower, it refrained from extending the duration of its promise to keep rates at extremely low levels beyond spring of 2020.

European economic data also supported risk-off behavior to the benefit of the precious metal as German consumer confidence worsened for a third-straight month in August and business confidence in the wider euro zone in July hit its lowest in nearly six years. German inflation also fell further and French gross domestic product growth slowed to 0.2% in the second quarter.

All of that, coupled with mounting fears of a disruptive no-deal Brexit, sent French and German bond yields back down to test their all-time lows. The German 10-year benchmark yielded -0.40% by mid-afternoon in Frankfurt, while the French counterpart yielded -0.14%.

U.S. personal income and spending for June were in line with expectations although inflation data, in the form of the core PCE price index, came out lower than expected.


Gold firms on Fed rate-cut bets; focus on future guidance

Gold prices held steady on Monday on expectations of a rate cut by the Federal Reserve this week, while investors awaited cues on the future trajectory of monetary easing by the U.S. central bank.

Spot gold inched up 0.16% to $1,420.61 per ounce. U.S. gold futures was up 0.09% at $1,420.6.

“Clearly, the gold market is going to be somewhat on hold awaiting Fed commentary on Wednesday. We know that we are getting a 25 basis-point (bps) cut. (But) on Wednesday, the question will be what to look ahead for from there,” said David Meger, director of metals trading at High Ridge Futures.

Federal funds futures implied traders saw a 77% chance of a 25 bps rate cut at the U.S. central bank’s July 30-31 policy meeting.

“Much will also depend on what Fed Chair Jerome Powell says in the subsequent press conference: If he makes no mention of a cycle of rate cuts, causing gold to come under pressure, we would not see this as a trend reversal but as an attractive buying opportunity,” analysts at Commerzbank said in a note.

Lower interest rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion and weigh on the dollar.

The dollar held close to a two-month peak against key rivals. A stronger greenback makes dollar-denominated assets such as gold costlier for investors holding other currencies.

“We have seen the dollar slowly gaining in the last couple of weeks. It has not caused any significant correction but had caused a pause in gold trading,” High Ridge Futures’ Meger added.

Market participants will also keep a close eye on the U.S.-China trade talks in Shanghai this week, as negotiators from both countries meet for their first in-person talks since a truce at G20 last month. Expectations are low for a breakthrough.

Gold is a preferred asset during times of economic and political uncertainties.

Hedge funds and money managers reduced their bullish stance in COMEX gold in the week to July 23, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.

On the technical front, $1,400 will be the key downside support for gold, and beyond that, $1,380, OANDA senior market analyst Craig Erlam said.

“Bulls are very reluctant to let go just yet, but if we do see those levels break, we might see gold bulls head for the exits quite quickly.”

Among other precious metals, silver slipped 0.2% to $16.36 per ounce.

Palladium fell 0.7% to $1,524.59 per ounce, while platinum climbed 1.5% to $872.84.

Source: CNBC