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Gold Price Holds $1300 as US-China Trade 'Optimism' Sees Stock Markets Rise, UK's Brexit 'May Never Happen'

GOLD PRICES held on track for their highest weekly close in 3 as the Dollar slipped on Friday after new US data said the world's No.1 economy fell for a second month running and the UK asked the European Union to accept a Brexit delay beyond 29 March.
 
New York's stock market rose at the opening however, heading for 2.4% weekly gains on what Reuters called "optimism" that the US and China are working towards a "temporary" trade deal as the groundwork for resolving the massive tit-fot-tat import tariffs imposed late in 2018.
 
Beijing's communist regime today approved a new law making foreign inwards investment easier in the world's No.2 economy, a move widely seen as part of China's push to end the US trade dispute.
 
Despite the murder of 49 people in terrorist attacks on mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, meantime, shares on the Wellington stock exchange rose 0.4% for the day, beating Australia but lagging a broader gain in Asia-Pacific equities, with China's CSI 300 index closing with a 2.4% for the week.
 
Gold prices traded 0.4% above last week's finish in US currency terms, holding at $1303 per ounce as the Dollar slipped 1 cent against the Euro from last Friday and lost 2.3% against the British Pound.
 
London-listed shares were the weakest performer among European stock markets – holding flat from this time last month while the broader has added 3.2% – as UK Prime Minister Theresa May met with politicians from Northern Ireland's DUP, again trying to get their backing for her Brexit deal, now set for a third vote next week after 2 resounding defeats in Parliament.
 
The UK gold price in Pounds per ounce today held at £982, erasing last week's rally and holding almost 5% below the New Year's spike towards 18-month highs.
 
Chart of the UK gold price in Pounds per ounce. Source: BullionVault
 
With the European Union now considering an extension to London's self-imposed Brexit deadline of 29 March, Vince Cable, the 77-year old leader of Britain's only anti-Brexit political party the Liberal Democrats, today said he will stand down but remain an MP after May's local elections.
 
"Brexit now looks as if it will be a protracted process, and may never happen," Cable tells the Daily Mail, claiming a victory for "the kind of campaigning that our party's done."
 
Police in Uganda meantime believe gold being smuggled from Latin America to east Africa's largest bullion refinery, the African Gold Reginery in Kampala, may be coming from sanctions-hit Venezuela, reports The Times in London.
 
Calling Uganda "a regional smuggling and trading hub," The Times says "several flights from Caracas this month" have suggested Maduro is selling bullion from the political-protest-torn Latam state to raise funds for running his Government as self-declared interim replacement Juan Guaidó gains international recognition.
 
Greece today called for a "negotiated settlement" in Venezuela's power struggle as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of the left-wing Syriza Party met with Bolivia's socialist President Evo Morales.

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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