Gold tumbles with haven assets as FBI hands Clinton a boost

Hillary Clinton waves to supporters at a campaign rally where former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband astronaut Mark Kelly appeared with her, in Cincinnati on Oct 31, 2016.
Hillary Clinton waves to supporters at a campaign rally where former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband astronaut Mark Kelly appeared with her, in Cincinnati on Oct 31, 2016. PHOTO: NYTIMES

SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) - Gold tumbled on Monday (Nov 7), joining a slide in other haven assets, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it maintains the view that Hillary Clinton's handling of her e-mails wasn't a crime, boosting the Democrat in the final stretch of the US presidential election campaign.

Bullion for immediate delivery lost as much 1.3 per cent to US$1,288.11 an ounce and traded at US$1,291.41 at 8:13am in Singapore. Last week, the metal surged 2.3 per cent amid concern Republican Donald Trump may capture the White House, with Citigroup predicting a rally to US$1,400 if he were to win.

Bullion prices have traded in recent weeks as a barometer of Trump's chances of winning the contest even as investors also track US data to gauge the likelihood of higher interest rates. The FBI is sticking to its conclusion that Clinton's handling of her e-mails as secretary of state wasn't a crime, the bureau's director, James Comey, said in a letter. On Oct 28 Comey had said the FBI was examining new e-mails, roiling the election race and lifting gold.

Gold fell on Monday in Asia together with the yen and the Swiss franc, while equities and equity futures rose, as investors recalibrated their expectations of the race after the FBI's second intervention. US electors head to the polls on Tuesday, although millions of early votes have already been cast.

Adding to the headwinds for bullion, the Labor Department on Friday reported that the unemployment rate fell while hourly earnings edged higher, boosting the outlook for a rate rise. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart signaled the central bank is on track to raise rates next month, provided nothing intervenes to give policy makers pause.