Markets have taken respite from sell-off in risky assets
* Uncertainty over timing of Fed rate hike seen supporting gold
* Spot gold to test $1,249 per ounce

Gold rose on Thursday as global markets took respite from a massive sell-off in risky assets and absorbed Republican Donald Trump’s shocking U.S. presidential win, but gains were capped by firmer Asian stocks. Spot gold was up 0.75 percent at $1,287.15 an ounce at 0712 GMT, while U.S. gold futures climbed 1.1 percent to $1,287.50 per ounce.

Asian shares rallied on Thursday and the dollar firmed in a remarkable snapback from the shock of Trump’s presidential victory, though market participants were still concerned about the lack of details on the president-elect’s policy path. “Given that Donald Trump hardly has any policy details to back up his general proposals, it is not clear yet what effects his presidency will have on the various markets,” INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir said in a note.

“We have been testing upside and we certainly going to be much more comfortable if we touch back above $1,300… We see a lot of buying activity from China,” said Spencer Campbell, general manager with Kaloti Precious Metals in Singapore. Gold rose nearly 5 percent to touch $1,337.40 on Wednesday, its highest in six weeks. But prices have since retreated as U.S. markets reacted positively to the Trump win. “Despite the pullback there are long-term uncertainties associated with the stated policy objectives of a Trump presidency that are likely to engineer a gold rally,” HSBC analyst James Steel said in a note.

Source: Reuters UK