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Metals Stocks: Gold ends at lowest in 3 months as stocks zigzag, dollar surges


Gold futures finished Tuesday at the lowest level in three months, as a surge in the U.S. dollar kept pressure on the yellow metal.

Gold for June delivery


shed $17.60, or nearly 1%, to settle at $1,841.00 an ounce on Comex, the lowest settlement for the most-active contract since Feb. 10, 2022, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

July silver

fell 1.8% to settle at $21.424 an ounce, marking the lowest closing value for the most-active contract since July 20, 2020.

The ICE U.S. Dollar Index
a measure of the currency against a basket of six major rivals, was up 0.2% after trading near a 20-year high on Monday. A rising dollar can be a negative for commodities priced in the unit, making them more expensive to users of other currencies.

“In the currency space, king dollar reached levels not seen in 20 years, thanks to risk aversion and rising Treasury yields which climbed past 3.2% for the first time since 2018,” Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM, wrote in emailed comments Tuesday.

“Commodity markets also tumbled as investors looked for the sell button across all asset classes,” he said, adding that gold likely faces continued “headwinds in the form of an appreciating dollar, rising Treasury yields and Fed rate hike bets.”

The benchmark 10-year Treasury rate

pulled back from its multiyear peak Tuesday to trade near 2.99%. Rates volatility this year has been a key source of pain for financial markets as the Federal Reserve gears up to aggressively raise interest rates in the coming months to cool high costs of living.

U.S. stocks saw choppy trade Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average

up 0.5% and the S&P 500 index

1.1% higher, after both briefly turned negative.

Inflation data, due Wednesday, are likely to be the main event on the economic calendar, analysts said.

“Further downside risks for gold may lie ahead, as an inflation number surprising to the upside, which in this case would be anything above 8.1%, could strengthen the case for an increase in the pace of tightening by the Federal Reserve and fuel further dollar gains,” said Ricardo Evangelista, senior analyst at ActivTrades, in a note.

In other metals trade, July copper

fell 0.9% to settle at $4.1545 a pound. July platinum

rose 0.9% to $947.20 an ounce, while June palladium

slumped 0.9% to 2,043.70 an ounce.

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