Gold costs climbed to their highest degree in seven years on Thursday as an uptick within the variety of coronavirus instances in South Korea fueled worries over the broader financial influence of the outbreak. Spot gold rose 0.44 per cent to $1,618.38 per ounce by 1:41 p.m. EST (1841 GMT), after hitting its highest degree since February 2013 at $1,623.45. US gold futures settled up 0.5 per cent at $1,620.50 per ounce.

“Now that gold has surpassed the $1,600 level, more investors and traders will take positions now,” stated Michael Matousek, head dealer at US Global Investors.

“Coronavirus is definitely a factor but we have a bunch of other reasons like … central banks keeping (interest) rates negative, tariff-related issues with China and Europe,” he added.

The epidemic has disrupted China’s financial growth and an extra unfold to different nations may derail a “highly fragile” projected restoration within the global financial system in 2020, the International Monetary Fund warned on Wednesday.

Even as the variety of new coronavirus instances in China slowed, new analysis suggesting the virus was extra contagious than beforehand thought added to the alarm.

Daegu, a metropolis of two.5 million folks in South Korea, has develop into the newest sufferer of coronavirus exterior China. South Korea now has 104 confirmed instances of the flu-like virus, and reported its first dying.

Beijing reduce the benchmark lending price and is probably going to roll out extra measures to assist an financial system jolted by the virus disaster.

US Fed policymakers additionally acknowledged new dangers attributable to the epidemic, however have been cautiously optimistic about their means to maintain rates of interest regular this 12 months, minutes of the central financial institution’s final coverage assembly confirmed on Wednesday.

“As long as the coronavirus problem is in the headlines, gold prices will be very well supported at current levels. If the situation deteriorates prices can even go higher,” stated SP Angel analyst Sergey Raevskiy.

Data confirmed holdings of the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, rose 0.2 per cent to 931.60 tonnes on Wednesday, their highest since November 2016.

“Gold is being driven chiefly by robust investment demand: gold ETFs registered inflows for the 21st day of trading in a row yesterday, and speculative financial investors are likely to have further expanded their net long positions as well,” Commerzbank analysts stated in a word.

Elsewhere, palladium was down 0.7 per cent at $2,694.08 an oz, having touched a file high of $2,841.54 within the earlier session on provide deficit considerations.

Silver fell 0.three per cent to $18.34, whereas platinum slipped three per cent to $975.36.

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