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Gold slips as equities gain on trade talk progress, China data
[BENGALURU] Gold prices inched down on Monday as investor appetite for riskier assets improved on signs of progress in Sino-US trade negotiations and better-than-expected Chinese economic data.
Spot gold slipped 0.1 per cent to US$1,290.98 per ounce by 0057 GMT, after touching its lowest since March 8 at US$1,286.35 in the previous session.
US gold futures were down 0.3 per cent at US$1,294.90 an ounce.
Asian stocks rose as signs of progress in US-China trade talks and firmer Wall Street shares supported sentiment, although another defeat for British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal added to the pound's recent woes.
US President Donald Trump said on Friday that trade talks with China were going very well, but cautioned that he would not accept anything less than a "great deal" after top US and Chinese trade officials wrapped up two days of negotiations in Beijing.
Factory activity in China unexpectedly grew for the first time in four months in March, an official survey showed on Sunday, suggesting government stimulus measures may be starting to take hold in the world's second largest economy.
China's State Council said on Sunday that the country would continue to suspend additional tariffs on US vehicles and auto parts after April 1, in a goodwill gesture following a US decision to delay tariff hikes on Chinese imports.
Britain's exit from the European Union was in disarray after the implosion of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy left her under pressure from rival factions to leave without a deal, go for an election or forge a much softer divorce.
Barely a week after the US Federal Reserve called a halt to interest rate hikes, policymakers are now battling a view growing in financial markets, and embraced by the Trump administration, that the Fed will need to cut rates before long.
A spectacular rally that last week took palladium to record highs has hit the buffers, with the metal plummeting almost 15 per cent in three days last week.
Gold premiums in China eased last week as worries about a slowdown in the world's top bullion consumer prompted some customers to hold off on purchases, while a price dip buoyed appetite in other Asian hubs.
Hedge funds and money managers increased their bullish wagers in Comex gold in the week to March 26, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.