Investing.com – Gold prices fell below breakeven on Tuesday as easing U.S.-North Korea tensions fuelled demand for riskier assets lifting global stocks to record highs for a second straight day.
for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell by $3.46, or 0.26%, to $1,332.46 a troy ounce.
The relief rally continued for a second straight day, lowering demand for safe-haven gold as investors shrugged off fresh threats from North Korea after the United Nations imposed a fresh round of sanctions, .
North Korea’s ambassador to the UN, Han Tae Song, told a conference in Geneva: “The forthcoming measures by DPRK [the Democratic Republic of Korea] will make the US suffer the greatest pain it has ever experienced in its history.”
Also weighing on gold prices was a sharp rise in U.S. treasury yields ahead of inflation data due Wednesday, which could influence the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision slated for September 20.
Gold is sensitive to moves in U.S. rates, which lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as bullion.
Analysts, however, have been quick to downplay gold’s poor start to the week as data pointing to a surge in buying activity suggests that demand for the yellow metal remains supported.
Net bullish bets on gold rose to 245,300, the highest in nearly twelve-months, according to a report from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday.
“Although the appetite for equities may further affect gold prices, investors are likely to remain cautious and hedge against many unknowns,” said Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM. “That’s why we didn’t see any significant outflows from gold-backed exchange-traded funds.”
In other precious metal trade, fell 0.01% to $17.90 a troy ounce while lost 1.02% to $998.60.
traded at $3.04, down 1.01%, while rose by 1.93% to $3.01.
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