GLOBALES: PRECIOUS-Gold firms as dollar, stocks retreat, but still eyes weekly loss - EntornoInteligente

Entornointeligente.com / Reuters / * Forecast-beating euro zone inflation data boosts euro * Gold still set for second weekly loss, down 1.3 pct * Palladium rallies to two-year high at $831.50/oz * Coming up: Fed meeting May 2-3 (Updates prices; adds comment, byline, NEW YORK dateline) By Marcy Nicholson and Jan Harvey NEW YORK/LONDON, April 28 Gold rose on Friday as forecast-beating euro zone inflation data boosted the euro versus the dollar, while global stock markets retreated from Wednesday’s record highs on concerns about global trade. The euro rose toward 5-1/2-month highs as the data was seen as keeping pressure on the European Central Bank to start dialing back stimulus measures as early as June. That lifted gold, which is priced in the U.S. currency. Spot gold was up 0.3 percent at $1,266.9 an ounce by 2:42 p.m. EDT (1842 GMT), on track to close April up 1.5 percent. U.S. gold futures for June delivery settled up 0.2 percent at $1,268.30. “At this point, $1,300 looks like it’s more appealing for gold than $1,100,” ING analyst Hamza Khan said. “A bit more weakness in the dollar, combined with more movements around North Korea, could be the situation that sets the stage for higher gold prices.” Jitters over tensions in the Korean peninsula and the threat of a strong showing from an anti-European Union candidate in the French elections helped drive gold higher last week. However, it is now on track for its biggest weekly drop in seven as fading concerns over Korea and a strong showing in the first round of the French vote from centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron sharpened risk appetite, pressuring gold. “Most of the correction should be done by now,” Commerzbank analyst Daniel Briesemann said. “We see good support at this level. There are a lot of uncertainties remaining.” Banks remain stubbornly cautious on gold’s price prospects this year in spite of a strong first-quarter performance, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, as the prospect of higher interest rates take the shine off the metal. Among other precious metals, silver was down 0.1 percent at $17.20 an ounce, after falling to $17.12, the lowest since March 15. Giovanni Staunovo, analyst for UBS Chief Information Office, said the bank shifted its three-month silver stance to bearish from bullish, cutting their price forecast to $16.50 an ounce from $20. “The impact of gold’s weakness on silver prices could be amplified by near-record speculative long positions. Longer term, silver should relatively outperform gold,” Staunovo said. Spot palladium was up 1.2 percent at $825, having touched a two-year high of $831.50. It was the only weekly gainer among the precious metals, set to finish the week up 4.2 percent. Platinum was up 0.1 percent at $941.50. (Additional reporting by Swati Verma and Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; editing by Susan Thomas and Chizu Nomiyama) GLOBALES: PRECIOUS-Gold firms as dollar, stocks retreat, but still eyes weekly loss

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