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Last Updated : Jan 12, 2016 08:50 AM IST | Source: Reuters

Gold edges up after 2-day decline, China concerns support

Spot gold firmed 0.2 percent to USD 1,095.6 an ounce by 0037 GMT, while US gold futures GCcv1 eased 0.1 percent to USD 1,095.2.


Spot gold edged higher on Tuesday, snapping two sessions of decline, as concerns over China's economic growth and pressure on stock markets lifted the precious metal.


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* Spot gold firmed 0.2 percent to USD 1,095.6 an ounce by 0037 GMT, while US gold futures GCcv1 eased 0.1 percent to USD 1,095.2.

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* China's main stock indexes


each dropped more than 5 percent on Monday. Oil prices fell to new 12-year lows, as concerns over China hurt commodity prices broadly.


* Right from the beginning of 2016, markets have been rocked by plunges in Chinese stocks, the yuan's fall and subsequent heavy intervention by the Chinese authorities.


* The chaotic moves have led to worries China's economy may be in for tough time rather than stabilising as some had hoped.


* China is the world's biggest consumer of gold at around 1,000 tonnes a year.


* The yellow metal is often seen as an alternative investment during times of financial uncertainty, although safe-haven rallies tend to be short-lived.


* The gain in gold prices is likely to be capped by concerns that higher US interest rates would lower demand for the non-interest-paying asset, while boosting the dollar. The Fed raised rates in December and attention has shifted to how many hikes will follow in 2016.


* Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said there may not be enough fresh data on inflation to support another US interest rate hike by March.


* Holdings of the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, New York-listed SPDR Gold Shares, rose 0.69 percent on Friday, data from the fund showed.


MARKET NEWS


* Asian shares hovered near four-year lows and oil prices languished at near 12-year lows on Tuesday as investors fretted over whether Beijing may be losing control of the economy.



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First Published on Jan 12, 2016 08:50 am
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