Metals Stocks: Gold prices shift higher as traders take cues from a dollar rally and a global, tech-led stock selloff

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Gold futures reversed course to trade higher Tuesday, with the haven metal finding support as global stocks sank and as the U.S. dollar eased back a bit from its earlier highs.

Continued U.S.-China tension, the upcoming U.S. presidential elections, the pandemic, and “currency dislocation are adding to reasons for gold buyers to add on bigger dips” in prices, said George Gero, managing director at RBC Wealth Management, in a daily note.

President Donald Trump on Monday said he intends to “end reliance on China once and for all, whether it’s decoupling or putting in massive tariffs like I’ve been doing already.”

Gero said he continues to expect silver to eventually climb to $30 an ounce and for gold to climb back to $2,000 “as more sellers rush to cash.”

December gold GCZ20, +0.53% GC00, +0.53% was up $8.30, or 0.4%, at $1,942.60 an ounce, after trading as low as $1,911.70. Prices for the most-active contract saw a 2.1% decline last week.

Metals traded on Comex didn’t post settlement prices on Monday due to the Labor Day holiday being observed in the U.S.

December silver SIZ20, +1.02% SI00, +1.02%, meanwhile, added 14 cents, or 0.5%, at $26.855 an ounce, after touching an earlier low at $25.985.

Prices for the metal had traded lower in earlier dealings, as concerns about lofty valuations for highflying, technology-related stocks, which had led the rally in equities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, dragged most benchmark global stock market indexes lower and may have prompted some investors to sell gold to cover losses in other assets.

The downturn for stocks and geopolitical concerns may have also contributed to a rush to dollars, which had put earlier pressure on bullion.

U.S. stocks declined Tuesday, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -2.71% down nearly 3%, and stocks in Europe SXXP, -1.14% also fell.

The dollar gained 0.4% to 93.3272 on Tuesday, as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.62%, a measure of the buck against a half-dozen currencies, though the index was down from the day’s high of 93.48.

A rising dollar can make commodities priced in the currency more expensive for overseas investors.

In other Comex dealings, the most-active December copper contract HGZ20, -1.24% shed 1.3% to $3.0235 a pound. October platinum PLV20, +1.63% tacked on 1.9% to $915.50 an ounce, but December palladium PAZ20, -1.71% fell 2.3% to $2,289.60 an ounce.

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