Hedge funds cut gold holdings more in second quarter

LONDON Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:20am EDT

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LONDON (Reuters) - Hedge funds further abandoned gold in the second quarter of this year, lightening holdings of the world's biggest gold exchange-traded fund SPDR Gold Trust as spot prices plummeted.

JP Morgan Chase & Co cut its investment in the SPDR Gold Trust fund by 1.6 million shares to 8.6 million, valued at $1.1 billion, as of 30 June, compared with three months earlier, data on the Nasdaq website shows.

Northern Trust Corporation also lowered its investment by 72 percent, or 4.99 million shares to 1.9 million shares, valued at $246.5 million, while Wells Fargo & Company also sold 738,039 shares and are down to 1.4 million, valued at $179 million.

TD Asset Management Inc sold 1.05 million shares, reducing its holdings by 59 percent.

Teacher Retirement System of Texas sold 1.04 million shares in the second quarter, cutting its holdings by 67 percent to 499,593 shares, valued at $64.5 million.

Investor Gruss & Co Inc raised its holdings to 91,030 shares at the end of the second quarter, up from 81,030 at first-quarter end.

Funds report on their quarterly activity within 45 days of the end of the quarter.

Global SPDR gold holdings fell by 14.14 million ounces this year, about $19 billion at current prices.

(Reporting By Clara Denina; editing by Anthony Barker and Grant McCool)

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