- Silver heads for sixth straight weekly gain
Gold rose on Friday and was headed for its sixth consecutive weekly gain as surging coronavirus cases fuelled demand for safe havens, reports Reuters news agency.
Spot gold had climbed 0.5% to $1,805.43 per ounce before midday with U.S. gold futures also up 0.4% at $1,806.80, the agency reported.
The United States reported over 77,000 new cases new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, according to a Reuters’ tally, while global cases crossed 13.84 million. The surge prompted some U.S. states to partially shut again, raising fears the economy and labour market will continue to struggle.
“As long we don’t have a vaccine, we will continue to have these problems… We could see a push towards $2,000 before the end of this year,” Reuters quotes Afshin Nabavi, senior vice president at precious metals trader MKS SA, as saying.
Tensions between the United States and China are also prompting people to invest more in gold rather than stocks, Nabavi further said.
Adding to the recent rise in U.S.-Sino friction, the Trump administration was considering banning travel to the United States by all members of the Chinese Communist Party, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday, an idea that China dismissed as absurd.
New York Federal Reserve President John Williams said it could take a few years for the U.S. economy to recover, and it was not yet the time to think about raising interest rates.
Investors also eyed a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels about a proposed stimulus to kick-start their COVID-hit economies. European Central Bank vice-president Luis de Guindos said he expected them to reach an agreement before the end of July.
“The bulls’ case for gold remains intact with real rates low and suppressed which would be able to sustain the high price of gold,” Phillip Futures said in a note.
Also supporting bullion, the dollar eased 0.3% against its rivals.
Palladium rose 0.2% to $2,000.26 per ounce, while platinum was up 0.1% to $824.98. Silver inched 0.1% higher to $19.11, and was headed for a sixth straight weekly rise.