By Paul Ploumis 02 Sep 2015 Last updated at 04:16:13 GMT
(Kitco News) - Gold prices ended the U.S. day session moderately higher Tuesday, on some safe-haven demand amid keener risk aversion in the market place on this day. Short covering in the futures markets and bargain hunting in the cash market were also featured. December Comex gold was last up $8.30 at $1,140.80 an ounce. December Comex silver was last up $0.039 at $14.625 an ounce.
It was a risk-off day in the market place Tuesday, as world stock markets were again under selling pressure following some more downbeat economic news coming out of China. The Chinese government’s official purchasing managers index (PMI) fell to 49.7 in August--the lowest reading in three years. The private Caixin PMI index came in at 47.3, which is a six-year low. A PMI reading below 50.0 suggests contraction.
China’s Shanghai stock index closed down just over 1% Tuesday, which was well up from its daily low. Other Asian and European stock indexes were lower Tuesday. Japan’s Nikkei index was down 3.8% on the day. U.S. stock indexes were also sharply lower in afternoon trading.
The calendar has turned to the month of September. Veteran market watchers know the months of September and October can be unkind to stock market bulls.
The key “outside markets” Tuesday saw Nymex crude oil futures prices sharply lower following big gains scored recently. Nymex crude had surged by over $10 a barrel in less than a week. Tuesday’s corrective pullback in crude is not surprising given the recent strong gains. There are still technical clues crude oil has put in a market bottom. The bottoming out of the crude oil market would be very welcome news for all raw commodity market bulls. The fact that raw commodity sector leader crude oil has shown signs of a market bottom suggests many other raw commodity markets are also likely bottom out, including the precious metals.
The U.S. dollar index was lower Tuesday. The greenback bulls have faded early this week following good gains scored late last week.
In other news, the Euro Zone got some mixed economic data Tuesday. Its jobless rate was pegged at 10.9% in July versus 11.1% in June. A rate of 11.1% was forecast. The Euro Zone August manufacturing PMI came in at 52.3 versus 52.4 in July.
There was a heavy slate of U.S. economic data due for release Tuesday, including the U.S. manufacturing PMI, which came in weaker than expected. However, U.S. construction spending was upbeat. This and some other U.S. data had little impact on the precious metals markets.
The London P.M. gold fix today was $1,142.30 versus the previous London A.M. fixing of $1,141.90.