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Gold Price Hits Mid-July Highs as China Stimulus 'Fades Fast' and 'Spreadonomics' Hit Italy

GOLD PRICES jumped to their highest Dollar price since mid-July in London trade on Tuesday, hitting $1236 per ounce as world stock markets fell after China's main index erased most of yesterday's stimulus-fueled rally.
Gold prices came within 40 cents of $1240 per ounce – adding 6.8% from August's plunge to start-2017 levels – as geopolitical tensions rose with Turkey's President Erdogan detailing what Ankara's intelligence services claim is the "naked truth" about the Saudi murder in Istanbul of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Silver yet again failed to follow gold higher, trading up to only 1-week highs at $14.80 per ounce as crude oil hit 1-month lows and other industrial commodities fell.
Shanghai's CSI 300 index lost 2.7% and the Yuan dropped to new 21-month lows versus the Dollar even as Beijing followed the weekend's raft of supportive measures and promises with new support for private debt and another $17 billion "liquidity injection" of short-term loans to commercial lenders.
"Nobody expected the policy effect to fade out so soon," the South China Morning Post quotes one Hong Kong analyst.
"The last two weeks of steep correction indicate that the A-share market is in panic mode," says brokerage CLSA in a note on China's domestic Yuan-denominated equities.
The price of wholesale gold bullion bars rose faster still on Tuesday for non-US investors, gaining 1.3% for the week so far in Euro and Sterling terms as the EuroStoxx 600 index fell 1.1% and London's FTSE-100 fell below the 7,000 mark – a new record high when first reached this March.
Wall Street futures put the S&P500 on track to open lower yet again, heading for its 14th loss in 17 sessions so far this October.
Alongside gold prices, developed-world government bond prices also rose, cutting the cost of borrowing for Western governments. But Asia, Africa, East Europe and Latin America bond prices fell, adding extra stress to emerging-market borrowers.
The flight into Treasuries drove the 10-year US bond yield down another 5 basis points to 3.15%, almost one-tenth of a percentage point below this month's new 7-year highs.
Chart of US 10-year T-bond yields vs gold price. Source: St.Louis Fed
Italy's bond yields also eased back on Tuesday but not as fast as other Eurozone markets after Rome's Council of Ministers approved the left-right coalition government's 2019 budget plans, including the "Quota 100" early retirement scheme, requiring 38 years of state-pension contributions.
Life expectancy in Italy currently stands above 83 years old, and is forecast to keep rising.
Rome's spread over German Bund yields today rose back above 300 basis points – the 5-year high reached last month – and the spread over Spain's borrowing costs rose back near this month's 20-year high.
"The 'spreadonomics' is unforgiving," says Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, "and governments cannot free themselves from the judgment of investors."

Adrian Ash

Adrian Ash, BullionVault Gold News

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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