Gold Prices Aim Higher As Viacom Exits China, Souring Risk Appetite

Benchmark commodity prices appeared to reflect inconclusive cues from broad-based market sentiment trends on Friday. Gold prices rose as early risk aversion weighed on bond yields, boosting the appeal of non-interest-bearing assets. A late-day US Dollar bounce in the wake of local CPI data triggered the move’s unwinding, leaving the metal little-changed on the day.

Crude oil prices probed higher but soon fell alongside shares through the risk-off push in the first half of the day. The benchmark WTI contract managed no better than standstill when equities mounted a rebound in Wall Street trade however. Worries about economic headwinds form the US government shutdown seemed linked to early selling but stock traders were perhaps unwilling to carry exposure over the weekend.


Looking ahead, another bout of risk aversion may prove to be decisive for near-term price action. Shares are trading sharply lower in Asia Pacific trade following news that Viacom is divesting from its operations in China. That has sent local shares steeply lower, with Tencent – a local partner for Viacom – leading the decline. S&P 500 futures and crude oil are down in tandem and gold is up as yields retreat.

A dull offering on the economic calendar suggests established momentum faces relatively few hurdles to continuation, hinting at more of the same through the rest of the trading day. Any stray headlines informing investors on progress toward ending the US government shutdown or de-escalating the US-China trade war might alter the prevailing market mood however.


Gold prices have stalled but the appearance of a bearish Dark Cloud Cover candlestick pattern continues to suggest a top may be taking shape. A daily close below initial support at 1282.27 targets the 1257.60-66.44 area (former resistance, rising trend line). Alternatively, a breach above the 1302.97-07.32 zone would expose a minor barrier at 1323.60, followed by a trend-defining top in the 1357.50-66.06 region.

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