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   “¢   Receding safe-haven demand keeps a lid on any meaningful up-move.
   “¢   Subdued USD demand/weaker bond yields helped limit the downside.

Gold extended its sideways consolidative price action through the mid-European session and was seen oscillating in a narrow trading band, just above $1280 level.

After good two-way moves at the start of a new trading week, led by the incoming US-China trade-related headlines, the commodity now seems to have stabilized, albeit struggled for a firm direction and remained well below the $1287-88 supply zone.

Despite the latest escalation in the US-China trade tensions, the fact that negotiations will continue this week eased concerns about a full-blown trade war between the world’s two largest economies and dampened the precious metal safe-haven status.

The downside, however, remained cushioned amid a subdued US Dollar price action, which tends to underpin demand for the dollar-denominated commodity, and a negative trading sentiment around European equity markets.  

This coupled with the ongoing slide in the US Treasury bond yields extended some additional support to the non-yielding yellow metal and further collaborated to a range-bound price action amid absent relevant market moving economic releases from the US.

Hence, it would be prudent to wait for a sustained move in either direction before positioning for the commodity’s intraday momentum ahead of the Fed Governor Randal Quarles’ scheduled speech later during the US trading session.

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