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Last Updated : Aug 25, 2015 08:57 AM IST | Source: Reuters

Gold holds below 7-week high as dollar, equities recover

After Monday's rout, most Asian stocks recovered in tandem with US futures and Chinese shares pared losses.

Gold hovered below a seven-week high on Tuesday as equity markets and the US dollar rebounded from a brutal selloff in the prior session that was fuelled by fears over the fate of the Chinese economy.

After Monday's rout, most Asian stocks recovered in tandem with US futures and Chinese shares pared losses.

The dollar rose 0.6 percent versus a basket of currencies after falling the most since 2011.

"If that remains the case over the course of this session then buying interest in gold could dry up," said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.


Spot gold was flat at USD 1,154.60 an ounce by 0240 GMT. It closed a tad lower on Monday after a five-day rally that lifted it to USD 1,168.40 on Friday, its loftiest since July 7.

US gold for December delivery was also flat at USD 1,154 an ounce.

Gold was among the least bruised by Monday's selloff, dropping half a percent versus a 6 percent slide in Brent crude and a 2 percent decline in copper.

A near-9 percent dive in China shares sent global stocks and commodity prices tumbling overnight.

That helped gold hold up as uncertainty over the global economy boosted investor appetite for safe-haven assets.

"Gold should continue to hold its value during the current market turbulence, however a material surge higher is unlikely as participants find liquidity by selling all asset classes, including precious metals," MKS Group trader James Gardiner said in a note.

Also potentially limiting gold's upside potential, a key Federal Reserve official stuck to his view that a US interest rate hike would happen this year.

Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said the Fed will likely begin raising rates "sometime this year," even as the steep drop in oil prices clouds the inflation outlook. Two weeks ago, Lockhart said he was "very disposed" to a rate hike in September.

CMC Markets' McCarthy believes a US rate hike can still happen next month.

"The Fed is focused on the underlying economy, not the share market. They want to normalise rates so that they have room to move should another crisis emerge," he said.

Spot palladium fell to as much as USD 555.50 an ounce, its lowest since July 2012, before paring losses to trade at USD 564.25, down 1.1 percent.

Platinum gained 0.5 percent to USD 993 an ounce and silver rose 0.8 percent to USD 14.90.

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First Published on Aug 25, 2015 08:57 am
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