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Gold Bullion +2% for Week vs Falling Dollar as Trump's Troubles Spread to Turkey

Friday, May 19, 2017 7:18
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Adrian Ash is head of research at BullionVault, the world-leading gold trading & ownership service online…

GOLD BULLION recovered $5 per ounce from a dip below $1250 on Friday, heading for a 2.1% weekly gain as world stock markets cut their mid-week losses despite fresh pressure on US President Donald Trump over his team’s foreign connections and Middle East policies.
Government bond yields ticked higher again, and the Dollar fell to new post-Trump election lows versus the single Euro currency.
That held gold bullion prices for Eurozone investors €5 per ounce below last week’s finish at €1119.
“Uncertainty surrounding political developments in the US is likely to keep the greenback under pressure over the short-term and should support gold,” says a trading note from Swiss bullion refiners and finance group MKS Pamp.
With Team Trump now under investigation by ex-FBI chief Robert Mueller over former security advisor Michael Flynn, reports today blamed Flynn – then being paid to lobby for the Turkish government – for blocking plans to arm Kurdish separatists against the ISIS terrorists in Syria, plans put into action by the Trump administration since Flynn’s sacking over his contact with Kremlin officials during last year’s US election campaign.
Videotape emerged Thursday apparently showing Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaking to his security staff immediately before what former Republican presidential candidate John McCain‏ called “an attack on peaceful protesters” outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington on Wednesday.
“[This] despicable display of thuggery & repression is absolutely unacceptable,” on US soil McCain said Thursday.
Russia’s deputy foreign minister meantime called last night’s attack by US forces on Iran-backed militia supporting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad “unacceptable [and] brazen.”
Trump today flies out to Saudi Arabia today for his first foreign trip since taking office, meeting with the oil-rich Islamic nation’s royal family.
“In a market environment characterised by high risk aversion,” says a note from Germany’s Commerzbank – now apparently set to close its Luxembourg-based bullion division – “gold appears to be in demand again as a safe haven at present.”
Giant gold-backed ETF the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca:GLD) in fact shrank Thursday as stockholders liquidated shares, reducing the amount of bullion need to match its value by 1 tonne to one-month low at 850 tonnes.
Chart of gold bullion backing for the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEArca:GLD). Source:
Meantime in India, the world’s No.2 consumer nation, “Wedding season is coming to an end [and] footfalls in showrooms were going down drastically in last few days,” Reuters quotes Mumbai jewelry and bullion wholesaler Ashok Jain of Chenaji Narsinghji.
“Some buyers are waiting for a price correction.”
Silver prices today tracked gold bullion’s bounce after failing to make new 2-week highs on Thursday, trading 2.2% higher for the week against the fast-falling US Dollar at $16.84 per ounce.
Platinum also traded 2.1% up for the week mid-afternoon in London, heading for its highest Friday finish in three at $941 per ounce.

Formerly City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning in London and head of editorial at the UK’s leading financial advisory for private investors, Adrian Ash is the editor of Gold News and head of research at BullionVault – winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation, 2009 and now backed by the mining-sector’s World Gold Council research body – where you can buy gold today vaulted in Zurich on $3 spreads and 0.8% dealing fees.

(c) BullionVault 2010

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