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Gold/Oil Ratio Falls to 3-Decade Average as Trump 'Ready to Quit WTO'

GOLD FLIRTED with its lowest weekly close since start-December but crude oil rose yet again Friday as US foreign policy spurred fears over global energy supplies, while a separate report claimed that President Trump wants to quit the World Trade Organization.
 
Gold bounced $5 per ounce from a new 7-month low of $1246 as the Dollar eased back on yesterday's near-12 month highs on the FX market.
 
The Euro meantime jumped after a meeting of the European Council ended at dawn in Brussels with what French president Emmanuel Macron called " a coherent approach to the migratory phenomenon", promising extra money to Turkey and North African countries to try and stem illegal migration, plus a series of secure detention centers in southern EU states.
 
Italy's new right-and-left coalition failed to get support for easing EU sanctions against Russia.
 
With UK Prime Minister Theresa May meeting her cabinet this weekend in the hope of finalizing a Brexit strategy on which the Government has so far "made no progress" according to one un-named minister, " Huge and serious divergence remains" between London and its soon-to-be-ex-partners, said the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barner today, "in particular on Ireland and Northern Ireland."
 
The Euro's rally took gold down to end-March levels beneath €1075 per ounce but the UK gold price in Pounds per ounce fell less – down 0.8% for the week – to £951.
 
Crude oil in contrast showed its sharpest weekly gain in 2 months, trading above $73 per barrel for the first time since November 2014 despite US Energy Secretary Rick Perry saying overnight that extra output from Saudi Arabia and Russia "[could] fill the gap" in world supplies now due in November, when new  US sanctions will hit any nation buying oil from Iran.
 
That pulled gold's relative value to oil – priced in barrels of crude – down to 17.
 
The lowest Gold/Oil Ratio since November 2014, that level represents gold's average daily value in crude oil across the last three decades.
 
Chart of the Dollar gold price divided by WTI Cushing crude oil. Source: St.Louis Fed
 
New US data today showed household spending growing less than analysts expected in May while the cost of living accelerated to 2.0% annual inflation excluding food and fuel prices.
 
European equities rose again as China's stock market rallied hard but ended 2.7% down from last Friday with its lowest weekly close in 2 years.
 
Blaming China and Europe for the United States' trade deficit, US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from the World Trade Organization "100 times" claims an un-named source quoted in what 2016 news start-up Axios says is an exclusive.
 
"It would totally [screw] us as a country...[but Trump says] the WTO is designed by the rest of the world to screw the United States."
 
Despite a bounce in the Chinese Yuan from yesterday's new 7-month lows versus the Dollar, Shanghai gold premiums fell to end the week offering an incentive of just $5 per ounce for new bullion imports to China, the No.1 gold consumer nation.
 
India's Rupee also rallied, recovering from new all-time lows against the Dollar and helping ease domestic gold prices in the No.2 consumer nation 1% lower from last weekend's level and almost 5% below last month's 2-year highs.
 
Asked about the Rupee's plunge, "Knee jerk reactions are not called for," said New Delhi's finance minister Piyush Goyal to reporters today.
 
"There is modest rise in demand from jewelers," Reuters quotes a bullion wholesaler in Kolkata, "but still gold is trading at a discount" to official import prices – which include 10% duty – of around $2 per ounce.
 
"Improving retail demand is giving jewellers some confidence," Reuters quotes a Mumbai dealer, "but falling Rupee is still confusing some."

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the physical gold and silver market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and is now a regular contributor to many leading analysis sites including Forbes and a regular guest on BBC national and international radio and television news. Adrian's views on the gold market have been sought by the Financial Times and Economist magazine in London; CNBC, Bloomberg and TheStreet.com in New York; Germany's Der Stern; Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore, and many other respected finance publications.

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