Singapore: Gold futures broke above $1,300 an ounce, rising to the highest level since November, as global stocks dropped and investors fretted that turmoil in the White House will prevent President Donald Trump from delivering on his legislative agenda.
Futures for delivery in December advanced as much as 0.9 per cent to $1,303.90 an ounce on the Comex and traded at $1,301.70 by 8:40am in New York. The gain came as a gauge of global stocks extended a decline, and the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 0.2 per cent.
Gold has added 13 per cent this year as Trump failed to deliver on campaign promises to ramp up US growth by cutting taxes and boosting infrastructure spending.
This week, the White House has been under fire for Trump’s response to white supremacist marches in Charlottesville. Bullion also rose after a terror attack in Barcelona, and as quiescent US inflation calls into question the Federal Reserve’s ability to go on raising interest rates.
“This week’s events may prove to be a defining moment for President Trump, as events in Charlottesville and what seems to be a widening division between the White House and the US business community puts a question mark over the President’s future,” Neil MacKinnon, an economist at VTB Capital in London, said in a report on Friday.