Gold price hits one-week low as higher U.S. yields weigh

New York (Nov 14)  Gold hit a one-week low on Tuesday after U.S. Treasury yields touched fresh highs as investors priced in a rate hike next month, but the precious metal's losses were limited by rising uncertainty over the U.S. growth outlook.

Yields on two-year U.S. treasuries hit fresh nine-year highs on Monday, supporting the dollar and reducing the appeal of non-yielding bullion.

However, rising nearby yields flattened the U.S. treasury yield curve, in part reflecting market wagers that rising rates this year and next will eventually slow the economy.

These fears, coupled with uncertainty over the outlook for U.S. tax reforms, kept gold's losses in check, hitting investor risk appetite and increasing gold's appeal as a safe haven asset.
    "These levels in gold are quite well supported because real
U.S. rates are going to remain very depressed and potentially
negative going into next year as inflation starts to ramp up in
the U.S," said Martin Arnold, strategist at ETF Securities.
    Spot gold        was down 0.4 percent at $1,272.79 per ounce
at 1003 GMT, having hit a one week low of $1,270.56. U.S. gold
futures         for December delivery fell 0.5 percent to
    Congressional Republicans pushed ahead on Monday with a U.S.
tax code overhaul as a Senate panel considered the issue, but
risks lay ahead with major intra-party disputes unsettled. A
failed tax overhaul would hit risk appetite and benefit gold.
    In the wider markets, strong German economic growth data
drove the euro to a three-week high versus the dollar and gave
European stocks a lift, but Asian stocks were subdued following
losses in U.S. equities on Monday.           
    Underpinning gold, hedge funds and money managers raised
their net long position in COMEX gold by 7,027 contracts to
173,562 contracts in the week to Nov. 7, U.S. Commodity Futures
Trading Commission (CFTC) data showed on Monday.               
    That marked the first time speculators had raised their net
long position in eight weeks.
    Looking ahead, investors will keep an eye on a European
Central Bank-hosted conference in Frankfurt on Tuesday, where
ECB chief Mario Draghi, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen,
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and Bank of England head
Mark Carney will form an all-star panel.            
    Among other precious metals, silver fell 0.7 percent
to $16.93 per ounce, while platinum was down 0.3 percent
at $929.40.

Palladium recovered from near two-week lows hit
earlier in the session but was down 0.4 percent at $985.22 an