Gold miners big and small were soaring Wednesday as investors flocked to safe-haven assets in reaction to a shock victory for Republican Donald Trump in the US presidential election, which boosted the price of precious metals.
SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), an ETF that tracks the price of gold bullion, rose 0.8% to 122.63 in the stock market, off intraday highs for 124.35.
Canada’s Barrick (TSX, NYSE:ABX), the world’s No.1 gold producer by output, was up almost 5% in Toronto and 3% in New York this morning. Fellow Canadian miner Goldcorp (TSX:G)(NYSE:GG) was soaring almost 7% in Toronto and 6% in in the NYSE, while rivals Kinross (TSX:K)(NYSE:KGC), Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD)(NYSE:EGO), Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) and NovaGold (TSX:NG) they all follow suit, with average gains over 4% each.
New York-trade shares for African miners Harmony Gold (NYSE:HMY), Sibanye Gold (NYSE:SBGL) and Gold Fields (NYSE:GFI) were performing even better than they did in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and were up 6.05%, 7.67% and 5.9% respectively at 10:50AM EST.
After a sharp surge overnight, gold prices fell back below $1,300. December gold last traded at $1,287.5 an ounce, up 1% on the day, having peaked at $1,338.30 earlier.
In a note to investors, the head of metals at Thomson Reuters GFMS, Rhona O’Connell, said gold’s reaction to Trump triumph has been a relatively muted when compared to the aftermath of the Brexit vote.
“The fact that gold has not broken through that important technical level and has already attracted some producer selling means that the markets are sitting on their hands and this shouldn’t really come as too much of a surprise,” Rhona O’Connell, wrote.
“It’s important to remember that headline grabbing policies are likely to be tempered by advisors and on that basis I would expect gold to mark time for now,” she noted.
“Interesting to note that the base metals, generally, are also stronger this morning (and not just in dollar terms), also reflecting the fact that some uncertainty has been taken out,” O’Connell said.
Gold is usually seen as a safe haven for investors during uncertain market events, so while the price has settled overnight, it appears investors prefer to be safe rather than sorry.
The price surge may not be over, according to analysts from BMI Research.
“The victory of the Republicans at the November 8th US Presidential and Congress elections will buoy gold prices in the coming days while dragging on other commodities,” BMI analysts said in a note Wednesday. “Looking longer term, this poses upside risks to our already bullish gold price forecast in 2017, but it does not materially change our views for other commodities.”
Odds of a Federal Reserve rate hike next month had fallen, weakening the dollar. But after a brief period overnight where December Fed rate hike chances dropped below 50%, investors now see a 71.5% chance.