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UK General Election Sees Gold Price Right Where It Was for May 2010 Vote as Bunds Fall Again

The GOLD PRICE slipped back towards last Friday's 7-week closing low in London trade Thursday, retreating to $1183 per ounce for Dollar investors as Asian and European stock markets fell but New York equities rose.
 
Sterling gold prices for UK investors held unchanged as London's FTSE-100 share index marked voting in the General Election – expected to result in an indecisive 'hung' parliament – by falling 0.8%.
 
Gold prices in terms of British Pounds fixed at £778.80 per ounce at the benchmark LBMA auction, just shy of what was then a new all-time high before the last General Election in May 2010.
 
Dollar gold prices also marked new all-time highs at current levels 5 years ago this week.
 
 
"Gold prices have come back under pressure amid a recovery in the Dollar, and uncertainty ahead of Friday's non-farm payroll figures," says the London commodities team of China's ICBC Standard Bank, pointing to this week's key US unemployment data.
 
"US economic data [are] once again the major factor driving precious metal prices in late April and early May," agrees a note on investor positioning from Mitsui Global Precious Metals.
 
Having reviewed April's incoming data, "A June interest rate rise was all but ruled out by the US Fed last week," says Jonathan Butler at Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi, "as the central bank conceded that the US recovery has lost momentum."
 
But for gold prices – now 2.7% below last week's near 1-month high in Dollar terms – "The surge in sovereign bond yields was mostly to blame," Butler concludes.
 
US Treasury yields eased back Thursday as prices rose, but major Eurozone government bonds extended this week's sharp decline.
 
That pushed 10-year German Bund yields up to new 5-month highs at 0.64%, marking a capital loss of 5.5% from the record-high prices of just two weeks ago.
 
Commodities also fell further on Thursday, extending their drop from Tuesday's new 2015 highs on the Reuters/Jefferies CRB index, with a 1.8% retreat in crude oil prices.
 
"For us," says analyst Nic Brown at French investment and bullion bank Natixis, "there is a growing risk that the recent rise in base metal prices will soon bring about its own downfall" thanks to encouraging exports from Chinese stockpiles and heavier output from Asian mines.
 
Greek government bond prices held unchanged meantime, keeping 10-year yields at what was a 21-month high when hit in mid-March, after left-wing prime minister Alexis Tsipras issued a joint statement with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker overnight noting "progress in discussions" over the economic reforms demanded by Athens' partner states in return for extending its bail-out loans.
 
"Constructive talks must continue within the framework" of public-sector reforms and loan repayments already agreed with Athens' previous government, the statement ended.
 
A separate statement issued jointly by the EC, IMF and European Central Bank denied rumors of a rift between Greece's "troika" of lenders, claiming the three parties all "share the same objective of helping Greece achieve financial stability and growth."

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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