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Gold trims monthly loss with dollar slipping ahead of U.S. vote

Oct 31. 2020
One-hundred gram gold bars in an arranged photograph in London, on July 29, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Chris Ratcliffe.
One-hundred gram gold bars in an arranged photograph in London, on July 29, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Chris Ratcliffe.
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By Syndication Washington Post, Bloomberg · Yvonne Yue Li · BUSINESS, US-GLOBAL-MARKETS

Gold advanced, trimming a monthly loss, as the dollar slipped in the final days before next week's pivotal U.S. presidential election.

Uncertainty remains high before the Nov. 3 vote, lifting the dollar's appeal as a safe asset over bullion while a resurgence in coronavirus cases rips through the U.S. and Europe. The spread of Covid-19 is intensifying in the U.S., where new cases topped 86,000 to set a fresh daily record. In Europe, countries have begun to impose new restrictions in an effort to stem the crisis.

Gold "is really so closely tied to the dollar right now that it has no life of its own," said Janet Mirasola, managing director at Sucden Futures.

Spot gold gained 0.8% $1,882.85 an ounce at 11:06 a.m. New York time, on track for a slight decline this month. Silver increased 1.4%, while platinum and palladium advanced.

Since hitting a record in August, gold's advance has faltered, with prices losing momentum amid gains for the dollar. Holdings in exchange-traded funds backed by bullion remain close to an all-time high. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was on track for a 1.1% rise this week.

"Increases in risk-off sentiment tend to buoy USD, which weakens gold and silver," James Steel, chief precious metals analyst at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., said in a note. "But we think this will only go so far."

Over the longer term, gold will be supported by European Central Bank monetary policy that probably will include economic stimulus, according to Commerzbank AG analyst Daniel Briesemann.

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