Gold futures settled above $1,300 an ounce on Friday, with prices for the yellow metal at their highest since June as the U.S. dollar pulled back and investors eyed geopolitical turmoil and global growth worries.
Gold for February delivery added $18.30, or 1.4%, to settle at $1,304.20 an ounce after trading as high as $1,305.80. The April contract notched its highest finish since June and climbed by 1.2% for the week, according to FactSet data.
March silver rose 39.9 cents, or 2.6%, to $15.699 an ounce—settling 2% higher for the week.
The strong gains seen in gold and silver last week and gold’s close above $1,300 per ounce are bullish technically. It suggests that gold has broken out of its recent range and could move higher in the coming days.
Possibly what will determine gold’s short term price outlook is how equity markets perform. If risk appetite continues and stocks make further gains, gold may see some selling again. However, if stocks resume their declines then gold will likely catch a safe haven bid again.
We have seen an increase in safe haven demand from UK and Irish clients in recent days. It is nothing major though and nothing compared to the increase in demand we saw after the Brexit vote, the Northern Rock bank run or indeed the global financial crisis in 2008.
We are seeing little or no selling and nearly all buying. Bullion buyers tend to be risk averse and motivated by wealth preservation and therefore focus on owning gold (and silver) for the long term.
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Gold Prices (LBMA PM)
25 Jan: USD 1,282.95, GBP 981.33 & EUR 1,132.08 per ounce
24 Jan: USD 1,279.75, GBP 981.70 & EUR 1,128.36 per ounce
23 Jan: USD 1,284.90, GBP 990.14 & EUR 1,131.74 per ounce
22 Jan: USD 1,284.75, GBP 994.14 & EUR 1,130.58 per ounce
21 Jan: USD 1,278.70, GBP 995.08 & EUR 1,124.11 per ounce
18 Jan: USD 1,285.05, GBP 993.34 & EUR 1,126.86 per ounce
17 Jan: USD 1,294.00, GBP 1,004.92 & EUR 1,135.87 per ounce
Silver Prices (LBMA)
25 Jan: USD 15.37, GBP 11.74 & EUR 13.55 per ounce
24 Jan: USD 15.30, GBP 11.75 & EUR 13.48 per ounce
23 Jan: USD 15.38, GBP 11.80 & EUR 13.54 per ounce
22 Jan: USD 15.26, GBP 11.84 & EUR 13.44 per ounce
21 Jan: USD 15.26, GBP 11.86 & EUR 13.42 per ounce
18 Jan: USD 15.47, GBP 11.96 & EUR 13.56 per ounce
17 Jan: USD 15.57, GBP 12.08 & EUR 13.66 per ounce
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