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Gold Price Failing to Benefit as US-China Trade War Ramps Up

Gold Price Failing to Benefit as US-China Trade War Ramps Up

2019-05-13 12:30:00
Martin Essex, MSTA, Analyst and Editor

Gold price, news and analysis:

  • The price of gold, which is usually seen as a safe haven at times of turbulence, is lagging behind other havens such as the Japanese Yen and US Treasuries.
  • That’s despite a continuing war of words and a tariff battle between the US and China that is leading to concern that the chances of a near-term trade deal between them are receding.

Gold price losing its shine

The price of gold is failing to benefit fully from a ramping up of the rhetoric between the US and China that is leading to concern that the trade talks between the two nations are going badly. These worries are leading to a switch from the stock markets into the Japanese Yen and US Treasuries yet, for now, the price of gold seems stuck below the $1,300/ounce level and was actually weaker Monday until a jump higher after China said it will impose new tariffs on US goods.

Gold Price Chart, Daily Timeframe (November 19, 2018 – May 7, 2019)

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US-China trade war: intellectual property at heart of dispute

US President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that China will be hurt very badly if it does not make a deal because companies will be forced to leave China for other countries.He added: “Too expensive to buy in China. You had a great deal, almost completed, and you backed out!

China replied that it will “never surrender to external pressure” and has also responded to the latest tariffs on Chinese goods by saying it will impose tariffs on $60 billion of US goods ranging from 5% to 25%.

Trump remains likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at a G7 summit in Japan next month but the Japanese Yen still strengthened on his comments and the yields on US Treasuries eased back as traders opted to switch from riskier stocks into government bonds.

Japanese Yen winning the safe haven battle vs USD and gold

This suggests that traders have become wary of gold, which remains well below the $1,346.81 high reached on February 20 and it has gained only modestly since touching a recent low of $1,266.33 on May 2. This is unusual as fears remain that tit-for-tat retaliation could lead to a worldwide recession.

The gold price’s failure to respond fully sends a warning signal to traders that its safe-haven status may be ebbing away and that further falls could be in prospect.

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--- Written by Martin Essex, Analyst and Editor

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