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Gold slips on firmer greenback and US yields

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Gold eased on Thursday on a stronger greenback and better U.S. Treasury yields, however prospects of extra fiscal stimulus underneath a Democrat-led administration in Washington capped losses.

Spot gold was down 0.3% to $1,912.86 per ounce by 10:39 a.m. EST (1539 GMT). U.S. gold futures have been up 0.3% at $1,913.90.

Prices slipped as a lot as 2.5% after scaling their highest since Nov. 9 on Wednesday, as 10-year U.S. Treasury yields jumped above 1% for the primary time since March.

The larger treasury yields are pulling some “flight to safety money out of the gold market,” mentioned Bob Haberkorn, senior market strategist at RJO Futures.

But whereas the stronger greenback is weighing on gold, the buck’s upside is prone to be “short lived,” he added.

The greenback index rebounded from a multi-year low, making bullion much less engaging for different forex holders.

A Democrat victory within the U.S. Senate runoffs stoked inflation expectations as buyers raised bets for extra fiscal stimulus, whereas the U.S. Congress licensed President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

“The double Democratic win in Georgia increases expectations of larger stimulus support and higher infrastructure spending,” Standard Chartered Analyst Suki Cooper mentioned, including the resultant larger inflation expectations would help upward momentum in gold.

On the technical entrance, gold is not in ‘overbought’ territory and $1,965 an oz is a key resistance degree, she mentioned, with close to time period help round $1,894.

The non-yielding steel is taken into account a hedge towards inflation and forex debasement prone to be spurred by widespread stimulus measures.

“There’s going to be more downside for the dollar, and that’s also going to be bullish for the metals,” mentioned Kitco Metals senior analyst Jim Wyckoff.

Silver fell 0.8% to $27.08 an oz. Platinum was down 1.1% at $1,113.50, and palladium slipped 0.8% to $2,418.68.

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