The precious metals were relatively steady on Friday, thanks to dovish central banks and tumultuous stock markets weakening the greenback.
This was a welcome change for the yellow metal as it dipped close to 2 percent in the previous session. The metal is now headed for its first week of gains in three weeks.
“Even after the United States’ long-drawn-out trade spat with China and threats of a new trade war with the European Union, there is still not much safe haven buying in gold,” Jigar Trivedi, a commodities analyst at Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers, told Reuters.
“Gold has near-term support at US$1,285 [per ounce] and huge resistance at US$1,350,” Trivedi added.
Gold’s dip earlier in the week came as the US dollar rose on the back of fresh economic data from the country. The yellow metal dipped below the key US$1,300 level despite buying from China’s central bank and a dovish tone from other major central banks.
“Chinese demand, while remaining evident, did little to propel the yellow metal higher, rather providing an underlying level of support to restrict further declines,” MKS PAMP Group wrote in a note.
As of 8:47 a.m. EDT on Friday, gold was trading at US$1,291.50.
Meanwhile, silver steadied slightly on Friday, but was down 0.3 percent for the week — its third straight weekly drop. As of 8:48 a.m. EDT, the white metal was trading at US$15.01 per ounce.
As for the other precious metals, platinum had yet another week of gains, climbing just over 1 percent. It is on track for its fifth straight weekly gain.
The metal is beginning to rebound, as investors seek it out due to it currently being cheaper than gold and palladium.
“It is encouraging to see investment demand for platinum growing rapidly in 2019, and we expect this trend to continue. We believe our ongoing efforts in product development through global partnerships, plus platinum’s discount to gold will support continued, solid retail investment in bars and coins,” said Paul Wilson, CEO of the World Platinum Investment Council, in a report.
As of 9:37 a.m. EDT, the metal was trading at US$898 per ounce.
For its part, palladium was down marginally, and, as of 9:40 a.m. EDT, was trading at US$1,347 per ounce.
Precious metals top news stories
Our top precious metals stories this week include a look at the price of silver during the first quarter of 2019, a major platinum deal and a round-up of the current top five TSX-listed gold stocks.
The silver price took some tumbles during the first quarter of the year. While it managed to hit a high of US$16.04 on January 30, it was down close to 2 percent over Q1.
Although a softer US dollar, geopolitical issues and a slow in economic growth helped the precious metal stay above some of the lows seen last year, silver was unable to make the same gains that its sister metal gold accomplished in Q1.
However, as the white metal heads into a new quarter, many industry insiders believe that silver is well positioned to climb and may even outperform the yellow metal.
Zimbabwe and Russia have signed a US$4 billion agreement to build a new platinum mine in the African country.
The deal, which has been stalled since 2014, is for an asset owned by Great Dyke Investments, a company jointly owned by a Russian state-controlled company and Zimbabwe’s government.
“Two weeks ago we finalized the agreement and the Russians are ready to come on the ground,” said Polite Kambamura, Zimbabwe’s deputy mines minister, in an interview on the sidelines of a conference in Johannesburg.
While gold managed to rally from the lows seen throughout most of 2018, the yellow metal only saw slight gains, climbing just under 1 percent in the first quarter of 2019.
However, despite a slow rebound, many gold companies managed to make progress and increase earnings from their assets. Now that Q1 has come to a close, the Investing News Network has rounded up the best gold stocks on the TSX that have seen the biggest share price gains year-to-date.
Also in the news
Also making news this week, Sibanye-Stillwater (NYSE:SBGL,JSE:SGL) announced on Thursday (April 11) that it has enhanced its liquidity position by concluding a forward gold sale arrangement with Citibank.
The miner has received a cash prepayment of US$125 million in exchange for the delivery of 105,906 ounces of gold during the fourth quarter of 2019. Sibanye noted that the funding will be used for the repayment of revolving credit facilities.
Newmont’s shareholders approving the deal was the final step of the transaction, which is scheduled to close this quarter.
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Securities Disclosure: I, Nicole Rashotte, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.