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Gold climbs to two week high as greenback weakens

December 9, 2020

Gold climbs to two week high as greenback weakens

Gold prices rose after US Congress inched closer to delivering long-awaited fiscal stimulus for its COVID-ravaged economy, dragging down the dollar.

Gold prices rose after US Congress inched closer to delivering long-awaited fiscal stimulus for its COVID-ravaged economy, dragging down the dollar.

The US dollar was trading close to a two-and-a-half year low on Monday following worse than expected October jobs figures – non-farm payrolls grew by only 245,000 people despite forecasts of an almost 470,000 boost.

The weak numbers however reinforced investors’ expectations that fiscal stimulus is on its way – after a team of lawmakers from both sides of congress made additional progress on a US$908 billion package last week. That emergency aid bill will fund further COVID relief measures, but needs to be passed before Friday to avoid the government going into shutdown.

Government’s funding at current levels is due to expire this Saturday and the emergency relief bill will include provisions to keep funding government agencies through until 18 December.
A shutdown would see thousands of ‘non-essential’ Government employees furloughed or required to work without pay until a new funding deal is struck.

Stimulus hopes fuel demand for gold

The promise of possible stimulus measures lit a fire under gold, which rallied nearly 2% on Monday to break above US$1860 per ounce and hit a two-week high. Australian gold stocks lifted with the strengthening gold price. Global investment bank Goldman Sachs separately forecast the price to hit US$2,300 per ounce within the next 12 months, as the US dollar continues to fall.

Neil Whitaker, managing director of Australian gold explorer Nusantara Resources, said the price is unlikely to fall backwards.

“It’s come off a little bit towards the end of the year as we’ve come into the US elections and talk of a vaccine, but I don’t think that’s going to impact the coming year,” he said.

“I’m not an economist, but I can see the world is still printing money and the economic woes of the world are not going to disappear any time soon, and gold will remain in a hedge.”

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