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5/6/2019: Gold gains on trade war fears

Source: Bill Musgrave, American Gold Exchange

Austin — Gold gained 0.2% to close near $1,284 as the threat of a renewed trade war with China caused investors to shed risk in favor of safe-haven assets.

President Trump threatened to raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10% to 25% by next week because trade negotiations are not progressing quickly enough. He added that he would also impose tariffs on another $325 billion in goods from China.

China's officials, apparently taken by surprise, threatened to pull out of the trade talks altogether, saying they will not "negotiate with a gun to our heads."

Coming just days after VP Mike Pence suggested a deal was imminent, the tweeted threats shocked financial markets, causing the Dow to fall 0.5% and the Global Dow 0.8%. The VIX volatile index, often called the Wall Street fear index, jumped to the highest level in a year.

The dollar edged higher on flights to safety while the yuan plunged, and the safe-haven yen hit an eight-week high. US Treasury prices also surged, driving yields lower. A rising dollar tends to limit gold's gains by making it more expensive in other currencies.

The other precious metals were mixed, with platinum rising 0.7% while silver and palladium slid 0.3% and 2.2%, respectively.

At the Comex close: June gold gained $2.50 to $1,283.80; July silver slipped 5 cents to $14.93; July platinum added $6.10, to $880.90; and June palladium lost $29.90 to $1,328.10 an ounce.


Metal Ask      Change
Gold $1,517.91           $0.00
Silver $18.03           $0.00
Platinum $949.50           $0.00
Palladium $1,645.66           $0.00
In US Dollars