1. Gold falls as dollar, Asian equities bounce; palladium sinks

Gold falls as dollar, Asian equities bounce; palladium sinks

Gold steadied below a seven-week high early on Tuesday as the dollar regained some lost ground versus a basket of currencies while investors waited to see if there would be a second day sell-off in Chinese stocks.

By: | Manila | Updated: August 25, 2015 1:18 PM
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Gold steadied below a seven-week high early on Tuesday as the dollar regained some lost ground versus a basket of currencies while investors waited to see if there would be a second day sell-off in Chinese stocks. (Reuters)

Gold fell on Tuesday as Asian shares bounced off three-year lows and the U.S. dollar rebounded from a brutal selloff in the prior session that was fuelled by fears over the fate of the Chinese economy.

Palladium was the worst hit among precious metals, slumping more than 7 percent at one stage to its lowest since 2010, adding to a 5 percent slide on Monday.

Some Asian stocks recovered in tandem with U.S. futures even as Chinese shares tanked further. The dollar gained 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 down 0.5 percent at $1,149 an ounce by 0701 GMT. It closed slightly lower on Monday after a five-day rally that lifted it to $1,168.40 on Friday, its loftiest since July 7.

U.S. gold for December delivery slipped 0.4 percent to $1,148.50 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 U.S. 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.

CMC Markets’ McCarthy believes a U.S. 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 $528.50 an ounce, its lowest since September 2010, before paring losses to trade at $546.50, down 4.3 percent.

Platinum dropped 1 percent to $978 an ounce and silver was steady at $14.76.

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