Gold and bullion-related exchange traded funds have strengthened to their highest numbers in over two months as traders turn to safer bets on concerns over the possible impact of President Donald Trump’s policies.
On Monday, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD), iShares Gold Trust (NYSEArca: IAU) and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (NYSEArca: SGOL) were 1.0% higher as Comex gold futures rose 1.1% to $1,233.7 per ounce.
Meanwhile, the triple leveraged Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares (NYSEArca: NUGT) surged 6.1% and the triple leveraged junior gold miners Direxion Daily Junior Gold Miners Index Bull 3x Shares (NYSEArca: JNUG) jumped 11.6%.
Concerns over Trump’s fiscal stimulus policies and his administration’s friction with traditional allies supported bullish bets on gold to the most in almost two months, reports Susanne Barton for Bloomberg.
“There’s still more uncertainty in the administration’s policies,” Phil Streible, a senior market strategist at RJO Futures, told Bloomberg. “The long gold position is the good trade to have on. We should see $1,250 soon.”
Gold saw renewed safe-haven demand, especially as more traders grow cautious on speculation that Trump’s policies may not move forward in a timely fashion.
Precious metals also strengthened after data on Friday revealed U.S. wage growth slowed, which diminished the chance of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year.
Uncertainty about economic policy and the pace of rate increases “may help spur purchases of the metal as a short-term safe haven by central banks and investors,” Eily Ong, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, wrote in a research note.
Traders have also grown more bullish over the metal, with net-long positions, or wagers on continued increases, in gold rising 21% to 72,067 futures and options for the week ended January 31, the highest level since December 6.
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