August 13, 2018
Gold prices subdued as dollar holds firm near 13-mth high
(Reuters) - Gold prices extended declines into a third session on Monday, as the U.S. dollar climbed to a 13-month high against major peers amid financial crisis in Turkey.
Spot gold had dropped 0.3 percent to $1,207.41 an ounce by 0335 GMT, hovering not far from a 17-month low of
$1,204 hit earlier in August. U.S. gold futures were down 0.3 percent at $1,215.10 an ounce.
The dollar index , which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, was little changed at 96.414,
after climbing to its highest since early July 2017 at 96.505.
"In an environment of broad dollar strength, gold struggles... but what we clearly see is some support and that comes from
uncertainty as equities are negatively affected," said Dominic Schnider at UBS Wealth Management in Hong Kong.
Asian shares skidded on Monday and the euro hit one-year lows against the dollar as a renewed rout in the Turkish lira
drove demand for safe harbours, including the U.S. dollar, Swiss franc and yen.
The Turkish currency had plunged to a new record low on worries over President Tayyip Erdogan's influence over the economy and worsening relations with the United States.
Turkey has drafted an economic action plan and will start implementing it on Monday morning to ease investor concerns,
Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said.
Elsewhere, China's central bank on Friday said it would maintain its prudent and neutral monetary policy to ensure ample
liquidity and keep the yuan largely stable, after the currency earlier this month hit a 14-month low versus the dollar amid
ongoing Sino-U.S. trade tensions.
The U.S. dollar, in which gold is priced, has benefited from recent global political and trade tensions, while bullion has
not despite being widely seen as a safe-haven asset.
"The story would look a little different if you had dollar strength on its own in a sense that it's not risk-off driven ... Gold might find it difficult to breach $1,200 in a risk-off world," Schnider said.
Spot gold remains neutral in a range of $1,206-$1,220 per ounce and an escape could suggest direction, said Reuters
technicals analyst Wang Tao.
Gold last week was sold at a discount in India for the first time in six weeks on subdued demand as buyers bet that prices
could fall still further after hitting near seven-month lows last week.
Gold speculators added 22,195 contracts to their net short position in the week to Aug. 7, bringing it to 63,282 contracts,
the largest since records became publicly available in 2006, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed.
In other precious metals, silver fell 0.4 percent to $15.21 an ounce. Platinum shed 1.8 percent to $812.24, while palladium lost 1.1 percent to $900.15.