Gold Looks Set to Strike $1,300 Level As Precious Metals Draw Haven Demand

Gold futures prices jumped sharply on Friday, trading at the highest level since early-November 2016 as demand for safe-haven assets increased. A selloff in global equities bolstered the precious metal’s price, helping gold to advance for its third straight trading day.

Gold for September delivery climbed more than 0.7 percent to trade at $1296.40 an ounce – the highest level since November 04th. The precious metal looks set for a weekly gain of about 0.5%.

While doubts about U.S. President Donald Trump’s ability to deliver his economic agenda are growing, terrorist attack in Barcelona on Thursday, which left 13 people dead and more than 100 injured, contributed to shake investors’ confidence.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday did not only decry the removal of pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, but also unleashed attacks on two Republican U.S. senators, Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham.

The dollar was hit hard as a spate of unfortunate events mounted concerns over Trump’s ability to work with lawmakers in his own party to win passage of his stimulus plans, such as tax cuts and infrastructure spending. A softer greenback caused purchasing assets priced in the currency such as gold more attractive to buyers holding other currencies.

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