Metals Stocks: Gold weakens as U.S. dollar drifts to upside

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Gold futures edged lower Wednesday, losing ground as the U.S. dollar drifted to the upside.

Gold for February delivery GCG20, -0.28%  on Comex fell $4.90, or 0.3%, to $1,475.70 an ounce, while March silver SIH20, -0.66%  was off 11.7 cents, or 0.7%, at $16.995 an ounce.

Analysts said gold appeared to take a cue from the U.S. currency, with the ICE U.S. Dollar DXY, +0.21% a measure of the greenback against six major rivals, up 0.2% at 97.459. A stronger dollar can be a negative for commodities, making them more expensive to users of other currencies.

U.S. stocks have continued to inch further into record territory following last week’s so-called phase-one U.S.-China trade deal, also denting haven appetite for gold.

Overall, however, activity remains subdued, said analysts at Oanda, in a note, with gold perhaps the first market to enter “holiday mode” and likely to see choppy conditions “unless there are further delays or hiccups over the phase-one trade deal.”

In other metals trading, January platinum PLF20, -0.03%  fell 0.1% to $929 an ounce, while March palladium PAH20, -0.63%  was off 0.5% to $1,908.70 an ounce.

March copper HGH20, -0.68%  was off 0.5% to $2.80 a pound.

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