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Gold Price 'Falls Out of 2017 Uptrend' Amid Bond Sell-Off as Yellen Joins Fed Rate-Rise Warning

GOLD PRICES dipped to $1225 per ounce in London Friday morning, rallying $5 by lunchtime but heading for the metal's first weekly loss in 5 as bond prices also fell further ahead of US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen giving a speech on the outlook for Dollar interest rates.
 
Falling to $17.64 per ounce, silver also reached new 3-week lows, extending Thursday afternoon's slump when it lost two-thirds of a Dollar inside 2 hours amid the drop in bond prices, which drove longer-term interest rates higher.
 
Before Yellen's speech – one of 5 due Friday, capping a week of Fed speeches telling the markets to expect a rate hike at the mid-March meeting, including from leading 'dove' Lael Brainard – data were due from the key ISM survey of corporate purchasing managers.
 
Business activity across the 19-nation Eurozone expanded the fastest since spring 2011 in February according to this morning's Markit PMI surveys, but retail sales for January and Italy's GDP for end-2016 both came in below analysts' forecasts.
 
"Yet again the bond sell-off has dragged gold away from the steep up channel in place since last December," says a note from the technical analysis team at French investment bank and London bullion market-maker Societe Generale.
 
Peaking at the top of the upwards channel running since mid-January, gold's rally also "petered out at the 200-day Moving Average at $1264," says SocGen, now "breaching [the bottom of] the up channel at $1230/1236."
 
Chart of Dollar gold prices vs 10-year US Treasury bond yields
 
 
US Treasury bond prices fell again on Friday, driving the yield offered to new buyers of Washington's 10-year debt up to a 3-week high of 2.49%.
 
Ten-year yields hit a record low of 1.37% last July, immediately after the UK's shock Brexit referendum result.
 
As 10-year yields then surged to 2.60% by mid-December's interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve, gold prices per ounce retreated 19% from their 2-year high of $1375.
 
"A definite close below $1236 will ensure further leg of down move towards $1220/1200," reckons the SocGen team.
 
Early buying in Asia on Friday "squeezed the market to the day's high of $1236 in the early hours," says a note from Swiss refining and finance group MKS.
 
"[But] the rally proved short-lived as gold was sold down to test the previous nights low.
 
"Market focus [now] will be on Fed Chair Yellen's economic outlook speech in Chicago."
 
Crypto-currency Bitcoin – which fell by 75% within 1 year of its 2013 peak – meantime rose to new all-time highs at $1293 having overtaken the price for 1 ounce of gold for the first time on Thursday.
 
That took the total value of all BTC created since Bitcoin's invention in 2009 to $20.9bn according to CoinDesk.
 
London bullion's 5 clearing members transferred that much value between them in gold  every day on average in January according to data from trade association the LBMA.
 
Investors put almost half as much – some $9.8bn – into stockmarket mutual funds last week alone, according to the latest Bank of America-Merrill Lynch report.
 
US stock markets were set to record their 6th consecutive weekly rise as New York opened today, the longest run of gains since December 2014, despite slipping amid Thursday's bond sell-off.
 
With Europe's benchmark Brent crude oil rising back above $55 per barrel, broad commodity indices rallied Friday, but headed for their 3rd consecutive weekly drop on the Reuters/Jefferies CRB index.

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the world-leading physical gold, silver and platinum 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 he has now been researching and writing daily analysis of precious metals and the wider financial markets for over 20 years. A frequent guest on BBC radio and television, Adrian is regularly quoted by the Financial Times, MarketWatch and many other respected news outlets, and his views from inside the bullion market have been sought by the Economist magazine, CNBC, Bloomberg, Germany's Handelsblatt and FAZ, plus Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore.

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