Morning: Gold Traded at 3-Week Low, Fed Taper Talks Returns


(Reuters) – Gold strike three-and-a-half week lows on Monday after a shock rush in U.S. job growth reignited speculation the government book could shortly start scaling back its monetary stimulus, denting bullion’s appeal.

The U.S. centered bank could start chopping back on its $85 billion monthly bond buys as early as next month, analysts said. Some, although, anticipate the cutbacks will start next year.

An end to the Fed’s quantitative easiness program is expected to injure assets such as gold which has been boosted by centered bank liquidity and a reduced interest rates environment.

Spot gold fell to the lowest range since Oct. 17 at $1,278.94 per ounce in earlier trade, after losing 1.5% in the preceding meeting, its large-scale one-day fall in about a month. It was down 0.3% to $1,284.31 per ounce by 11:10 a.m. GMT.

Comex gold futures for December delivery were last quoted down by $0.60 to $1,284.00 per ounce.

Saxo Bank senior supervisor, Ole Hansen, said: “Strength in bond yields and the dollar has conceived some flaw for gold and we saw the sell-off on Friday below $1,300”.

“This week is data-empty, and it will be an inquiry of employed out if there is a follow-through to the answer that we glimpsed last week and whether bond yields extend to ascend, and assess how the market examines at tapering.”

The dollar edged somewhat down against a basket of currencies, though residual inside the range of a two-month high set on Friday after key U.S. employment report firmly beat outlooks for 125,000 jobs, showing employers added 204,000 new jobs in October.

The jobs growth was even more surprising as it came in a month where the government was partially shut downed for 16 day when a budget standoff in Washington.

The 10-year U.S. yield increased in the direction of a near two-month high, as a result.

As gold pays no interests, the increase in returns from U.S. bonds and other markets are seen negatively for the yellow metal.

Gold had affected record highs of $1,920 an ounce in 2011, assisted partially by stimulus assesses from central banks around the world at the time.

But charges have lost almost a quarter of their value this year as the government Reserve indicated a departure.

Gold Physical Demand Still weak

Gold’s latest fall to below $1,300 has failed to appeal demand in Asia as buyers delay on the margins on anticipations that prices will weaken further.

Dealers in Hong Kong said demand had not selected up powerfully and premiums stayed steady at about $1.50 an ounce.

Prices have to drop in the direction of $1,200 an ounce for demand to increase, one trader said.

Another trader said weakness in local currencies against the U.S. dollar was also curbing demand.

Premiums on the Shanghai Gold Exchange expanded only slightly to $5 an ounce from $4 on Friday.

Silver price in the spot market dropped 0.7% to $21.35 an ounce, having fallen to a three-and-a-half-week reduced of $21.21 in previous trade.

Spot platinum fallen 0.5% to $1,430.74 an ounce and location palladium fell 0.6% to $751.50 an ounce.