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February, 2019 5:10 AM

Gold dips as $US firms; Palladium rises

Gold dips as $US firms; Palladium rises

Gold prices dipped on a stronger US dollar in the lead-up to the weekend's G20 summit, while palladium breached the $1200 per ounce mark for the first time.

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By AAP 03.12.2018 07:51 AM

Gold fell as the dollar strengthened ahead of trade talks between the US and Chinese leaders at the G20 summit, while palladium prices crossed the $US1,200 per ounce mark for the first time.

Spot gold dipped 0.29 per cent to $US1,220.01 per ounce.

US gold futures settled down 0.33 per cent at $US1,220.10 an ounce.

"The dollar index has moved to its daily high and the US stock market is bouncing back and that is also working against gold," said Kitco Metals senior analyst Jim Wyckoff.

A big price movement is unlikely in gold for the rest of the session "unless there is some kind of a major announcement from out of Buenos Aires from G20," he added.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, recouped losses, having touched a near one-week low in the previous session, as markets awaited the outcome of the talks.

"The markets now have more clarity into issues such as the US Federal Reserve's interest rate thinking, the Italian budgetary drama, and the US-China trade war," said Ronan Manly, a precious metals analyst at Singapore-based dealer BullionStar.

"As such, this clarity and visibility could cap any further gains for gold in the short term. So, a major move above the current range is not likely."

Gold prices have been trading between $US1,210.65 and $US1,230.07 over the past two weeks.

Among other precious metals, palladium inched down 0.24 per cent to $US1,178.15 per ounce, having soared to a record high earlier in the session above the key $US1,200 an ounce level for the first time.

However the metal, mainly used in emissions-reducing auto catalysts for vehicles, rose more than 9 per cent in this month.

"There is lot of tightness of palladium physical metal supply that's translating into a fundamental support in strong palladium price," said Miguel Perez-Santalla, vice president of Heraeus Metal Management in New York.

"The investors and speculators are driving the prices higher. Until the fundamental story changes, we are going to see very strong palladium prices."

Spot silver fell 1.1 per cent to $US14.15 per ounce.

Platinum slipped 2.75 per cent, to $US794.50 per ounce, on track for a fourth consecutive weekly decline.

The metal fell more than 4 per cent in November, after gaining in the previous two months.

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