Gold Smashes Record Highs Again

An employee places ingots of 99.99 percent pure gold in a workroom at the Novosibirsk precious metals refining and manufacturing plant in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Russia, September 15, 2023. REUTERS/Alexander Manzyuk/File Photo
An employee places ingots of 99.99 percent pure gold in a workroom at the Novosibirsk precious metals refining and manufacturing plant in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Russia, September 15, 2023. REUTERS/Alexander Manzyuk/File Photo
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Gold Smashes Record Highs Again

An employee places ingots of 99.99 percent pure gold in a workroom at the Novosibirsk precious metals refining and manufacturing plant in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Russia, September 15, 2023. REUTERS/Alexander Manzyuk/File Photo
An employee places ingots of 99.99 percent pure gold in a workroom at the Novosibirsk precious metals refining and manufacturing plant in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Russia, September 15, 2023. REUTERS/Alexander Manzyuk/File Photo

Gold prices extended a record run on Wednesday as concerns of inflationary pressures boosted demand for bullion as a hedge, with traders shrugging off doubts over an imminent US interest rate cut and rising Treasury yields.
Spot gold was up 0.2% at $2,283.76 per ounce, as of 0602 GMT, and hit a record high of $2,288.09 earlier in the session. Bullion has hit record highs consecutively since Thursday.
US gold futures gained 1% to $2,304.20.
"Gold continues to receive safe-haven flows as Ukraine continues to attack Russia's oil infrastructure, to the point it is ignoring rising US yields and the prospects of the Fed not cutting rates in June," City Index senior analyst Matt Simpson said.
Federal Reserve policymakers on Tuesday said they think it would be "reasonable" to cut US rates three times this year, even as stronger recent economic data has sown investor doubts about that outcome.
Data this week showed US manufacturing unexpectedly rebounded, with the rise in raw materials prices triggering fears that inflation could resurge.
"With commodity prices rising in general, it brings the risks of another round of inflation - so perhaps investors are hedging for inflation," Reuters quoted Simpson as saying.
Gold, which is used a hedge against inflation and a safe haven during times of political and economic uncertainty, has gained more than 10.8% so far this year and is set for a seventh consecutive daily rise.
"Right now, gold is sensing that inflation is more of a driving variable than the interest rates and part of the momentum is also driven by speculators, hedge funds and commodity funds that start buying gold whenever their quantitative systems give them signals," Marex analyst Edward Meir said.
Elsewhere, spot silver rose 1% to $26.36 per ounce, platinum gained 0.9% to $926.80 and palladium was up 0.8% at $1.011.62.
Gold's searing rally is doing nothing to reignite enthusiasm for platinum jewelry in Asia, analysts said.



Saudi Arabia to Sell 0.64% Aramco Stake

Saudi Arabia is offering 1.545 billion Aramco shares. Reuters
Saudi Arabia is offering 1.545 billion Aramco shares. Reuters
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Saudi Arabia to Sell 0.64% Aramco Stake

Saudi Arabia is offering 1.545 billion Aramco shares. Reuters
Saudi Arabia is offering 1.545 billion Aramco shares. Reuters

Saudi Arabia is selling a 0.64% stake in oil giant Aramco, a statement said on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia is offering 1.545 billion Aramco shares and the offering period will commence on June 2.

The price range is expected to be between SAR 26.70 and SAR 29.00 per share.