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Gold Set For Second Weekly Dip On End Of Fed Stimulus, Vaccine Optimism

Gold Set For Second Weekly Dip On End Of Fed Stimulus, Vaccine Optimism

Gold was headed for a second weekly decline on Friday on growing optimism about COVID19 vaccines, with the U.S. Treasury's call to end emergency loan programmes also limiting bullion's safehaven appeal.

Gold was headed for a second weekly decline on Friday on growing optimism about COVID-19 vaccines, with the U.S. Treasury’s call to end emergency loan programmes also limiting bullion’s safe-haven appeal.

Spot gold remained little changed at $1,866.75 per ounce by 1053 GMT and was down 1.1% for the week.

U.S. gold futures were up 0.2% at $1,865.70.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said key lending programs at the Federal Reserve would expire on Dec. 31, casting doubts over the future of fiscal support.

While the news did weigh on risk sentiment, it did not stop world stocks from gaining on the back of brightening prospects for a faster economic recovery thanks to positive developments on the vaccine front.

“The underlying momentum behind gold has dissipated,” said independent analyst Ross Norman, adding gold was pressured by year-end profit-taking and investors liquidating long positions.

Investors pulled $4 billion from gold, the biggest outflows ever, amid a rush for riskier assets last week, BofA said on Friday.

Also, holdings in the SPDR Gold Trust exchange-traded fund have seen net outflows of about 40 tonnes so far in November. [GOL/ETF]

“But it’s important to remember that the gold bull run was never predicated on COVID-19,” and factors including a weak economy and the likelihood of interest rates remaining subdued for an extended period will continue to support it, Norman added.

Lower interest rates make gold an attractive bet by reducing the opportunity cost of holding the non-yielding metal, with near-zero interest rates globally contributing to its about 23% gain for the year.

“Positive COVID-19 vaccine developments should slow but not end the secular gold bull cycle without a hawkish pivot in U.S. monetary policy,” Citi Research said in a note.

Silver rose 0.5% to $24.21 per ounce. Platinum was up 0.1% at $952.60, while palladium rose 0.5% to $2,336.87.

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