Gold near highest in over two months as equity plunge boosts safe-haven appeal
Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,221.06 an ounce at 1255 GMT. On Thursday, it jumped about 2.5 percent after marking its highest since July 31 at $1,226.27. That was also the metal`s best one-day percentage gain since June 2016.
Gold edged down on Friday but held near an over two-month high hit in the previous session, when prices surged over 2 percent as a rout in global stock markets boosted the metal`s safe-haven appeal.
* Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,221.06 an ounce at 1255 GMT. On Thursday, it jumped about 2.5 percent after marking its highest since July 31 at $1,226.27. That was also the metal`s best one-day percentage gain since June 2016.
* U.S. gold futures were down 0.3 percent at $1,224.50 an ounce.
* Asian shares held steady on Friday after a nine-day losing streak, but sentiment was frail after Wall Street shares crumbled and expectations of market volatility shot up to an eight-month high. [MKTS/GLOB]
* Worries about the economic impact of the Sino-U.S. trade war, a spike in U.S. bond yields this week and caution ahead of earnings seasons have all been cited as potential reasons behind the selloff, the biggest market rout since February.
* The dollar fell to a near two-week low on Thursday against a basket of currencies as traders pared greenback holdings on lower U.S. Treasury yields and further equity losses on Wall Street.
* The stock sell-off, rising trade tension with China, slower global growth and verbal pressure from the White House are unlikely to dent the U.S. Federal Reserve`s rate hike plans in an economy performing in line with the central bank`s forecasts.
* U.S. President Donald Trump launched a second day of criticism against the Fed on Thursday, calling its interest rate increases a "ridiculous" policy that was making it more expensive for his administration to finance its escalating deficits.
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* U.S. consumer prices rose less than expected in September, held back by a slower increase in the cost of rent and falling energy prices, as underlying inflation pressures appeared to cool slightly.
* Investors searching for perpetrators and victims in this week`s U.S. stock market selloff pointed to a familiar source: number-crunching fund managers and machines.
* China`s latest attempts at restricting outward investment by its residents show just how nervous policymakers in the world`s second largest economy are about possible capital flight spurred by a broadening Sino-U.S. trade war.
* International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Thursday warned countries against engaging in trade and currency wars that hurt global growth and imperil "innocent bystanders."DATA AHEAD (GMT)
* China Trade data Sep
0900 Euro zone Industrial production Aug
1230 U.S. Import prices Sep
1230 U.S. Export prices Sep
1400 U.S. Univ of Michigan sentiment index Oct *No fixed timing
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