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Metals Stocks: Gold stretches losses to a second day; silver slides to weakest since summer 2020


Gold prices settled higher for a second straight session on Tuesday, holding ground at their weakest level in more than nine months as the precious metal continued to feel the pressure from a stronger U.S. dollar.

What are prices doing ?

Gold futures


for August delivery fell $6.90, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,724.80 an ounce after touching a low at $1,721.60. Prices based on the most-active contract settled at their lowest since Sept. 29, 2021, FactSet data show.

Silver futures

for September delivery fell 17 cents, or 0.9%, to $18.958 an ounce — their lowest finish since July 2020.

Platinum futures

for October delivery declined by $32.60, or 3.8%, to $828.10 per ounce.

Palladium futures

for September delivery lost $156, or 7.2%, to $2,015.60 per ounce, falling back after posting a three-session climb.

Copper prices

for September delivery fell 14 cents, or nearly 4.2%, to $3.288 per pound, the lowest finish since Nov. 2020.

What’s driving the market ?

Gold has been “smothered” by an appreciating dollar and expectations over the Federal Reserve maintaining an aggressive stance towards higher interest rates, said Lukman Otunuga, manager, market analysis at FXTM, in a note.

“The precious metal looks depressed and could be in store for more pain if the pending U.S. CPI report meets or exceeds market expectations” when it’s released Wednesday, he said.

Since gold hit its 2022 peak north of $2,000 per ounce back in March, it has been largely driven by the strong dollar which is at a 20-year high based on the index

measuring its strength against major currencies, while higher Treasury yields, which have stolen some of the precious metals’ luster in the eyes of investors.

Analysts at TD Securities blamed relative weakness in precious metals and crude oil on the broader “risk off” mood on Tuesday. U.S. benchmark stock indexes were mixed, while the dollar
which has established itself as the market’s preferred safe-haven asset, continued to climb toward parity with the euro

See: Euro pauses at parity. But what comes next?

“The worst inflationary environment in four decades has not proved helpful for gold prices, which are pacing towards a fresh round of yearly lows versus the U.S. dollar,” said Chris Vecchio, a strategist at DailyFX, in emailed commentary. Gold prices remain on track to move below $1,700 over the coming months, he said.

Other markets

S&P 500 index

was down 0.1%.

The Dow Industrial Average

tacked on 0.2%.

The dollar reached parity with the euro

The 10-year Treasury yield

shed 3.6 basis points to trade at 2.959%, dropping further below 3%.

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