Gold edges up 1pc after 5pc plunge
Singapore, March 1, 2012
Spot gold rose more than 1 percent on Thursday, recovering from its biggest fall in more than three years in the previous session.
Prices moved up rapidly after the Shanghai Gold Exchange started trading, as investors took advantage of a discount of about $10 in spot gold to Shanghai prices.
Investors have been hoping the US Federal Reserve will launch another round of quantitative easing, pushing cheap money into the market that would boost inflation, against which gold is a traditional hedge, and give investors additional firepower to buy bullion.
But Fed chairman Ben Bernanke stopped short of signaling more asset buying in an otherwise dovish testimony in front of Congres, driving down stock markets and boosting the dollar.
While the chances of quantitative easing were reduced, the Fed will likely adopt some measures to promote growth, said Dong Tao, chief regional economist for Credit Suisse in Hong Kong.
'But liquidity will remain the driver of financial markets -- this story has not changed, although it will be a fragile story in the sense that markets will be highly volatile.'
Spot gold rose 1.4 percent to $1,719.19 an ounce, rebounding after a 5 percent fall on Wednesday, its largest one-day loss since November 2008. The Shanghai gold spot deferred contract stood at 349.30 yuan a gram, or $1,724.32 an ounce. US gold gained 0.6 percent to $1,721.20.
Bullion is still up 10 percent this year, on track for its twelfth annual gain, as interest rates remain low and central banks boost liquidity. - Reuters