Asia Gold-Demand Mixed As Prices Rally; Safe-haven Interest Picks Up

BENGALURU/MUMBAI Aug 2 (Reuters) – Physical gold demand was combined in Asian hubs as consumers cashed in on short price rallies while global uncertainties prompted some safe-haven demand. Global benchmark spot platinum was on course for a weekly gain, having jumped almost 2% with an increase in U.S.-China trade tensions. Ronald Leung, main dealer at Lee Cheong Gold Dealers in Hong Kong.

12 an ounce on the benchmark, little transformed from the other day. Premiums budged in Hong Kong as well hardly, with activity dampened by political unrest. China’s consumption fell 3.3% 12 months on or in the first half of 2019, the China Gold Association said. Samson Li, a Hong Kong-based precious metals analyst with Refinitiv GFMS.

Hong Kong is grappling with a political crisis after weeks of violent protests that have challenged Beijing. 35 an ounce — the highest since August 2016 — over established home prices. Week 24 discounts last. The domestic price includes a 12.5% transfer taxes and 3% sales taxes. Aditya Pethe, director at Mumbai-based Waman Hari Pethe Jewelers.

Gold futures traded near to last month’s record most of 35,409 rupees. India’s gold demand could soften in the September one-fourth because of record prices, the World Gold Council (WGC) said on Thursday. Dealers are offering special deep discounts on gold brought in before recent taxes increases, wishing to mix up stronger demand, said one-Mumbai dealer at an exclusive bullion-importing bank or investment company.

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India raised import duties on platinum to 12.5% from 10% last month. Scrap supplies have improved significantly, in the mean time, reducing demand from banks, the dealer said. The WGC estimates that scrap silver products could increase by 15% this year as the rally in local prices prompts consumers to sell old trinkets and jewelry. 0.80 an ounce in Singapore, with some traders opting for cheaper silver, traders said. 1,400, said Brian Law, managing director at Singapore dealer GoldSilver Central. However, the relatively high cost range continued to fast some consumers to sell back gold, he added. 0.25 discount last week, one Tokyo-based investor said.

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