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Gold falls as cash dash, strong US dollar override stimulus

Metal not serving as safe haven amid capital outflow as investors wind up positions; greenback at 3-year high

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Spot gold is expected to retest a support at US$1,452 per ounce, a break below which could cause a fall to US$1,374, says Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

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GOLD prices fell on Monday as investors stockpiled cash, with a rising number of coronavirus-led national lockdowns threatening to overshadow stimulus measures from global central banks to combat the pandemic's economic damage.

Spot gold slipped 0.6 per cent to US$1,488.00 per ounce by 0825 GMT, after rising as much as 3.1 per cent in the previous session on a wave of stimulus.

US gold futures climbed 0.5 per cent to US$1,491.50.

"For the time being, gold is not serving as a safe haven because of margin calls and panic. There is capital outflow from everywhere," said Vandana Bharti, assistant vice-president of commodity research at SMC Comtrade.

"(Investors) are winding up their positions. It's not technical or fundamental - it's all panic."

Asian shares sank as a rising tide of lockdowns threatened to overwhelm policymakers' frantic efforts to cushion what is likely to be a deep global recession.

Another concern is the possibility of central banks having to sell gold to buy US dollars as the greenback continues to strengthen, said Stephen Innes, chief market strategist at financial services firm AxiCorp.

The US dollar held near a three-year high against major currencies as fresh declines in global stocks and worries about tightening liquidity amid the worsening crisis accelerated the flight to cash.

The US Federal Reserve continued to roll out emergency support on Friday as it enhanced efforts with other major central banks to ease a global dollar-funding crunch.

Market participants are counting on further policy easing in the next few days as the US Senate mulls a US$1 trillion package that would include direct financial help for Americans.

Airlines cancelled more flights as Australia and New Zealand advised against non-essential domestic travel, the United Arab Emirates halted flights for two weeks, and Singapore and Taiwan banned foreign transit passengers.

Meanwhile, nearly one in three Americans were ordered to stay home to slow the spread of the disease, while Italy banned internal travel as deaths there reached 5,476 and China reported 46 new cases on Sunday that were mostly imported from overseas.

The global death toll from the coronavirus exceeded over 14,000 with more than 300,000 infections.

Spot gold is expected to retest a support at US$1,452 per ounce, a break below which could cause a fall to US$1,374, said Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

Among other precious metals, palladium inched up 0.2 per cent to US$1,644.99 per ounce, platinum shed 0.2 per cent to US$609.56 and silver slid 0.9 per cent to US$12.47. REUTERS