Gold rally stalls as investors take profits

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Gold prices dipped on Thursday as investors holding long positions took profits after nine straight sessions of gains, though the outlook remained bullish with prices hovering near a record peak.

Spot gold dipped 0.9% to $1,952.30/oz by 18.31pm GMT, set to break its longest winning streak since December 2017. US gold futures closed 0.6% lower at $1,942.30/oz.

All of this suggests that this is probably as good as it’s going to get for gold for the time being

“We’ve seen gold’s positioning has started to bloat not only from the institutional side, but more recently we have really seen a surge in retail flows,” said Daniel Ghali, commodity strategist at TD Securities.

“All of this suggests that this is probably as good as it’s going to get for gold for the time being.”

Bullion traded close to Tuesday’s record high of $1,980.57/oz in the last session after the US Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged, while pledging to use its full range of tools for as long as necessary to recover from the pandemic.

The non-yielding metal, which benefits from low interest rates, is up more than 28% so far this year, supported by strong investment demand.

In the short-term, the market could’ve been considered overbought and due for a correction

“In the short-term, the market could’ve been considered overbought and due for a correction,” said Kitco Metals senior analyst Jim Wyckoff, adding gold right now is seeing profit-taking by shorter-term futures traders.

On the longer and intermediate term basis, the market is trending higher and still in a bullish posture, Wyckoff added.

Meanwhile, a historic plunge in second quarter US GDP and President Donald Trump’s tweet about delaying the US November presidential elections triggered a sell-off in US stocks and lower Treasury yields.

“People are panicking and fleeing the equity markets and you’re seeing that weighing on metals prices,” said Phillip Streible, chief market strategist at Blue Line Futures in Chicago.

Other metals were also lower, with silver shedding 4.9% to stand at $23.22/oz, platinum down 3.1% at $895.20/oz and palladium dropping 4.4% to $2,061.96/oz. — Reuters


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