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    Gold eases as stronger dollar offsets U.S. stimulus aid boost

    Gold eases as stronger dollar offsets U.S. stimulus aid boost

    Gold eases as stronger dollar offsets U.S. stimulus aid boost
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    By Reuters  IST (Published)

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    Though inflation is yet to materialise, the large amount of low-yielding bonds underscores non-yielding gold's status as a safe-haven asset, said Hitesh Jain, lead analyst at Mumbai-based Yes Securities.

    Gold prices fell on Tuesday, as support from the U.S. Congress passing a long-awaited near $900 billion coronavirus aid was countered by a stronger dollar, while some profit-taking also weighed on sentiment.
    Spot gold fell 0.3 percent to $1,870.69 per ounce by 0702 GMT. U.S. gold futures dropped 0.3 percent to $1,876.90.
    There was some profit-booking after the United States passed the stimulus bill and the dollar edged up, said Kunal Shah, head of research at Nirmal Bang Commodities in Mumbai.
    In the near term, gold can correct to $1,850-$1,860 levels as all the positive news are priced in by the market, he added.
    The U.S. Congress on Monday approved an $892 billion coronavirus aid to support the pandemic-ravaged economy, with President Donald Trump expected to sign the package into law soon.
    Pressuring gold, the dollar firmed as a new coronavirus strain in the UK that prompted a lockdown and caused several countries to shut their borders to Britain, clouded the global economic recovery outlook, and pushed Asian shares lower.
    Gold has climbed over 23 percent this year, mainly driven by a raft of pandemic stimulus measures that stoked fears of inflation. The precious metal is often used as a hedge against inflation.
    Though inflation is yet to materialize, the large amount of low-yielding bonds underscores non-yielding gold's status as a safe-haven asset, said Hitesh Jain, lead analyst at Mumbai-based Yes Securities.
    Gold should trade in a $1,850-$1,930 range in the near-term, underpinned by pandemic developments, he added.
    On the technical front, gold may drop to $1,862 per ounce again, according to Reuters analyst Wang Tao.
    Silver slipped 1.6 percent to $25.74 an ounce. Platinum dropped 2 percent to $989.27 6, while palladium rose 0.1 percent to $2,310.75.
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