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Gold Down to Six-Month Low on Stronger Dollar


Gold fell to a near six-month low on Wednesday as the U.S. dollar index touched its highest since July 2017 against a basket of currencies after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods and Beijing said it would retaliate. The trade spat reinforced concerns about global growth and triggered a selloff in equities, while boosting safe-haven currencies such as the yen and the dollar.

Typically, gold is used by investors as a place to park assets during times of global uncertainty. But the dollar's inverse relationship with bullion - a stronger greenback makes dollar-denominated assets more expensive for holders of other currencies - can often override other factors. In these environments, the Treasuries and dollars would tend to be safe havens, pressuring gold. Gold were trading around $1,275 an ounce, having touched its lowest since Dec. 22 at $1,270.

On chart, gold is testing the strength of previous support. But the downward tendency seems to remain intact. The loss of the support could pull bullion to as low as $1,240. But a technical correction is still likely in the near term.


Silver slipped for the third consecutive week on Tuesday. It dropped 0.5 percent at $16.32 an ounce, after hitting its lowest since May 16 at $16.21, only inches away from $16.20, a key support that holds well since February. But if gold suffers no sharp losses, the white metal is likely to find strong support at that level.

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