Markets have started the week on a negative tone after being rattled by concerns that the ongoing lockdown in China, as the country seeks to control its latest wave of coronavirus, will have a significant impact on global growth and supply chains.
Equity indices across the world are a sea of red given these worries over the growth outlook for the world’s second largest economy and a key supply hub for so many of our everyday items.
Yet while negative moves on equity markets are typically met with the reverse reaction on gold, the precious metal also finds itself being pulled downward to be trading a little above $1,900 an ounce at its lowest level for about three weeks.
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Gold’s inability to benefit from falling stock markets is a reflection of how difficult it will be for gold to make significant gains given the interest rate outlook outlined by the Federal Reserve last week.
With hikes by the US central bank now all but guaranteed in both May and June and highly likely in July too, this has given support to the US dollar and made gold a much less attractive asset to hold given its lack of yield.
Finally, Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election has taken one big potential risk to markets off the table with his pro-European, pro-business outlook a positive for markets while a win for his rival Marie Le Pen could have seen a rush to gold with investors fearing the consequences of a right-wing takeover of one of Europe’s largest economies.
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