Gold jumped 1.0 per cent overnight, reversing course from earlier in the session when it touched a near two-month low, as the US dollar pared gains after weak US manufacturing data bolstered bets for another interest rate cut by the US Federal Reserve.
Spot gold rose 0.8 per cent to $US1,483.11 per ounce, having touched its lowest since August 6 at $US1,458.50.
US gold futures settled up 1.1 per cent at $US1,489.
The US manufacturing sector contracted in September to its weakest level in more than a decade as business conditions deteriorated further amid trade tensions with China.
“It shows there might be significant corrections in the economy and traders are going back into safety right now,” said Phillip Streible, senior commodities strategist at RJO Futures.
“This weaker data might support another Fed rate cut and as a result, metals might get a bonus move higher,” he said.
US equities turned red and the US dollar pared gains to retreat from a multi-year peak following the data.
US Treasury yields meanwhile, fell to session lows.
Lower interest rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion and also weigh on US yields and the US dollar, in which gold is priced.
However, bullion has lost nearly $US100 since scaling a peak of $1,557 in early September, largely due to the US dollar’s strength.
Investors had been largely pricing in no further rate cuts going into a Fed meeting later in the month, on stronger economic data and reduced fears of a global recession.
The Fed last cut interest rates in September for the second time this year.
While gold had been testing support below $US1,500 due to a repricing of Fed rate cut expectations, “we think that risks remain skewed to the upside between now and year end,” UBS analysts said in a note.
Palladium fell 1.0 per cent to $US1,657.71 an ounce.
On Monday, the auto-catalyst metal hit an all-time high of $US1,700.71 on supply concerns.
“Fundamentals remain tight and we remain bullish long term, but there should be some opportunities to enter at better levels amid downside risks to economic data and lingering trade uncertainty,” UBS analysts said.
Silver gained 1.7 per cent to $US17.28 an ounce after touching its lowest since August 20 at $US16.85 while platinum was down 0.3 per cent at $US879.72, having lost more than 5.0 per cent in the last session.