Pure gold ore is shown on the stone floor of a mine. Picture: 123RF/PHAWAT KHOMMAI
Pure gold ore is shown on the stone floor of a mine. Picture: 123RF/PHAWAT KHOMMAI

Bengaluru — Gold prices inched lower on Tuesday as the dollar ticked up, though concerns over rising Covid-19 cases and hopes of a large US fiscal stimulus being eventually released checked the metal’s decline.

Spot gold slipped 0.1% to $1,919.51 an ounce by 1.17am GMT. US gold futures were down 0.3% to $1,923.

The dollar index was up 0.1% against rivals, while Asian stocks were set to rise.

Republicans in the US Senate will go along with what President Donald Trump wants in coronavirus relief legislation, a White House spokesperson said, as the White House pursues a deal with Democratic legislators.

Trump had on Sunday called on Congress to pass a stripped-down coronavirus relief bill.

Trump has tested negative for Covid-19 on consecutive days and is not infectious to others, the White House physician said, as the president headed to Florida for his first campaign rally since he disclosed he contracted the virus.

There is reluctance among European Central Bank (ECB) policymakers to follow the US Federal Reserve’s move to target an average inflation rate, fearing this could tie their hands, sources involved in a revamp of ECB policy said.

The number of new Covid-19 cases rose 11% in the US last week compared to the previous seven days, with infections spreading rapidly in the Midwest, according to a Reuters analysis.

Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.48% to 1,277.65 tonnes on Monday.

Silver fell 0.4% to $25.02 an ounce, platinum was flat at $873.46, and palladium rose 0.1% to $2,403.07. 


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