Gold Declines as Goldman Sachs Says Prices May Drop Below $1,000

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Gold fell, trading near a five-year low, as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said rising U.S. interest rates may lead to deeper losses.

A government report Monday showed American households kept spending in June, capping a stronger quarter for the biggest part of the economy, as incomes rose. The Federal Reserve signaled last week that it will probably raise rates this year as the labor market improves. Goldman in a report Monday reiterated that gold may fall below $1,000 an ounce, or more than 8 percent below Monday’s closing futures price.

Gold tumbled to a five-year low in July as Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank is on track for raising rates for the first time since 2006, curbing the appeal of gold because it doesn’t pay interest like assets such as equities. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index gained in July by the most since March, reducing demand for bullion as an alternative asset. Money managers stayed net-short on bullion for a second week as of July 28, government data showed Friday.

“Gold’s decline is partly based on the expected increase in interest rates this year,” James Cordier, the founder of Optionsellers.com in Tampa, Florida, said in a telephone interview. “If they do raise interest rates in September, that strengthens the dollar.”

Gold futures for December delivery declined 0.5 percent to settle at $1,089.40 an ounce at 1:44 p.m. on the Comex in New York, falling for a fourth day in five sessions. The metal fell to $1,073.70 on July 24, the lowest since February 2010.

After becoming bearish on gold for the first time since the U.S. government data begin in 2006, hedge funds and other money managers held a net-short position of 11,334 contracts as last week, according to Commodity Futures Trading Commission data. Investors are holding the least through exchange-traded products backed by bullion since 2009.

Silver futures for September delivery dropped 1.6 percent to $14.515 an ounce on the Comex, the biggest loss since July 15.

Platinum futures for October delivery slid 1.8 percent to $967.10 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the largest drop since July 7. Palladium futures for September delivery declined 1.3 percent to $603.20 an ounce.

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