Gold held below $1,300 an ounce as Portugal’s bailout of Banco Espirito Santo SA reduced concern the lender’s crisis may spread and tension in Gaza eased, damping demand for a haven. Silver rose from a six-week low.
Gold for immediate delivery was at $1,288.99 an ounce at 12:16 p.m. in Singapore from $1,288.25 yesterday, according to Bloomberg generic pricing. The metal fell 0.4 percent yesterday as Portugal’s central bank took control of Banco Espirito Santo, helping the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebound from the biggest weekly loss in two years. Bullion fell for a third week in the period to Aug. 1, the longest such slump since September.
Data from the Institute for Supply Management may show today that U.S. services expanded to 56.5 in July from 56 in June, supporting the case for the Federal Reserve to raise borrowing costs. Gold tumbled 28 percent last year on expectations for reduced stimulus in the world’s largest economy. Prices rallied 7.3 percent this year partly on tensions in Ukraine and in the Middle East, where Israel and the Palestinians yesterday agreed to a 72-hour truce in Gaza.
“Interest in gold is fading as U.S. economic data continue to show signs of improvement,” Xia Yingying, an analyst at Nanhua Futures Co., said from Hangzhou, China. “Gold is also losing support from geopolitical tensions.”
Gold for December delivery traded at $1,289.70 an ounce on the Comex in New York from $1,288.90 yesterday. Assets in the SPDR Gold Trust, the largest bullion-backed exchange traded-product, fell 0.2 percent to 800.05 metric tons yesterday after being unchanged for six days.
Silver for immediate delivery rose 0.1 percent to $20.1893 an ounce. Prices earlier dropped to $20.1402, the lowest since June 19, sending the metal’s ratio to gold to 64.4204, the highest since June 18.
Spot platinum increased 0.2 percent to $1,464.75 an ounce, while palladium added 0.2 percent to $857.40 an ounce. - Bloomberg