Gold holds firm in positive territories, investment demand to grow in 2020 – FXStreet

Posted: February 15, 2020 at 2:54 am

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The price of gold is firm and higher by 0.67% on the day so far, having travelled from a low of $1,556.60 to a high of $1,578.30. Worries with the coronavirus taking a turn for the worse on Wednesday night, following the announcements by the Chinese health officials in the Hubei province reporting242 new deaths and 14,840 new cases of the flu-like virus, dentedrisk appetite.

The worldwide death toll is up toat least 1,357 and the number of confirmed cases to more than 60,000. The uncertainty of the situation is supporting safe-haven asset classes due to theeconomic ramifications that a full breakout into a pandemic would have on the global economy. However, considering the means in which theChinese health officials have changed the method of diagnosing cases of the illness and as such,there was a sevenfold increase in the number of new cases of the virus, based on a new diagnostic protocol, according to Chinas National Health Commission.

Analysts at TD Securities explained that goldis a crowded trade, although the marginal day-to-day flow appears to be driven by the change in risk sentiment as it relates to safe-haven demand.

"The bull market narrative is widely acknowledged, which translates to an above-average number of traders holding a long position, although the average trader's position size is not excessive. But, when periods of haven buying drive prices to the upper-bound of the recent range, the position sizing per trader becomes more of a worry, making short term shakeouts a more prominent risk."

The analysts still expect that investment demand for the yellow metal will grow in 2020, as asymmetry from the Fed and the suppression of real rates across the globe will keep thegoldbug alive. "That being said, we expect only marginal flows fromCTAsas algorithmic trend followers remain well-positioned for the precious metal bull market."

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