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Gold ticks higher as Brexit triggered

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Author: ReutersThu, 2017-03-30 03:00ID: 1490817657409102600LONDON: Gold edged up on Wednesday, as uncertainty about Brexit talks, French elections, and US President Donald Trump’s economic policies boosted safe-haven buying and offset a firmer dollar. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,252.11 per ounce at 1505 GMT. US gold futures slipped 0.3 percent to $1,251.90. “There are a lot of uncertainties regarding the Trump reflation trade after the failure last week to overhaul Obamacare, and uncertainty in Europe with French elections coming up and the official start today of Brexit negotiations,” said Carsten Fritsch, an analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. “The general picture is still positive (for gold) with dips seen as buying opportunities,” he said. A firmer dollar capped gains in gold, as it hit a fresh eight-day high after Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said he supported one or two more US rate hikes this year. “A resurgent US dollar, along with higher US yields and equities has taken the momentum out of the gold rally for now,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA. Strength in the US currency makes dollar-denominated gold more expensive for holders of other currencies, potentially decreasing demand. Independent technical analyst Cliff Green said the gold price would need to take a breather after failing to break above its 200-day moving average at $1,260. “It is possibly highlighting the upper boundary of a new consolidation phase with prices likely to experience a rather choppy, two-way market action in the weeks ahead,” Green told the Reuters Global Gold Forum. “It is certainly a peak for the time being but it is also a pivotal level that if breached could trigger more serious gains later in the year,” he said. Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, which is considered a gauge of investment demand, reported an outflow of 1.8 tons on Tuesday.
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