Metals Stocks: Gold gets a lift as dollar wavers, U.S. stocks slump

Metals Stocks: Gold gets a lift as dollar wavers, U.S. stocks slump

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Gold futures prices climbed Monday as investors questioned the dollar rally’s near-term durability, offering a demand boost the precious metal priced in the U.S. unit.

December gold GCZ8, +0.52%  rose $6.90, or 0.6%, to $1,208 an ounce. Gold logged a narrow win for last week after prices had suffered weekly losses over the previous two weeks.

“There has been a shift in sentiment for gold in recent weeks, as dollar performance has started to struggle,” said Richard Perry, market analyst at Hantec Markets. “If this is the beginning of a dollar correction again, the support should be found in the gold price. A move above $1,217 resistance would be a key technical development to signal a change in trend.”

The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, -0.43% a gauge of the buck against a half-dozen currencies, fell 0.4% to 94.519 in Monday trade.

For now, “gold is stuck in a stand-off with the dollar,” said Adrian Ash, head of research at BullionVault.

However, “without a drop in world stock markets or a rush to short-covering by hedge funds to push the price higher, gold could be stuck around $1,200 until we get the [U.S. Federal Reserve’s] new 2019 interest-rate dot plots after this month’s policy meeting.” The central bank’s next monetary policy meeting will be held on Sept. 25 to 26.

Gold also gained as U.S. stocks traded mostly lower, weighed down after a streak of gains as U.S.-China trade worries bubbled up anew. On Friday, Bloomberg reported that President Trump had instructed aides to proceed with tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese products. China, over the weekend, said it may decline the offer for renewed trade talks if the U.S. was moving ahead with tariffs.

December silver SIZ8, +0.66% rose 10.3 cents, or 0.7%, $14.245 an ounce. It settled Friday at $14.142, the lowest settlement for a most-active contract since January 2016, according to FactSet data. The metal lost 0.2% for last week.

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“A key development over recent sessions has been the move on the gold/silver ratio to record levels,” said Perry. “Normally it would be a case where above 80 is considered stretched on a long-term basis. The ratio is currently around 85 and is the highest since 1995. This would suggest that gold is likely to underperform silver in the weeks/months ahead.”

Elsewhere, December copper HGZ8, +0.17%  added 0.1% to $2.649 a pound, after notching a rise of roughly 0.9% for last week. October platinum PLV8, +0.66%  tacked on 1% to $806.40 an ounce, after a weekly gain to 2.3%. December palladium PAZ8, +0.41%  changed hands at $976.20 an ounce, up 0.6% after a narrow advance last week.

The SPDR Gold Trust exchange-traded fund GLD, +0.72%  climbed 0.8%, while the iShares Silver Trust SLV, +0.91%  rose 1% in Monday dealings. The VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF GDX, +2.11% traded up nearly 2%.

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