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Metals Stocks: Gold prices post first gain in 7 sessions

Gold prices climbed on Tuesday, looking to put a halt to the yellow metal’s longest losing streak since early July, while silver prices were poised to break a six-session streak of losses.

Price action

Gold futures

for December delivery traded up $11.40, or 0.7%, at $1,759.80 per ounce on Comex, following six session losses in a row for the most-active contract.

Silver futures

for September delivery tacked on 9.7 cents, or 0.5%, to $18.975 per ounce. The move for silver also follows six straight sessions of declines, the longest since the 10-session fall ended May 2, FactSet data show.

Palladium futures

for September delivery gained $2.20, or 0.1%, to $1,984 per ounce, while platinum futures

for October delivery lost $2.60, or 0.3%, to $865.40 per ounce.

Copper futures

for September delivery advanced 5.8 cents, or 1.6%, to $3.709 per pound.

What analysts are saying

Rising Treasury yields and the U.S. dollar’s strength were blamed for driving the weakness in precious metals prices over the past week, analysts said.

The precious metal has been smothered by a stronger dollar, rising Treasury yields and [Federal Reserve interest] rate hike jitters,” said Lukman Otunuga, manager, market analysis at FXTM, in a market update.

Read: Fed’s Bullard says he is leaning toward backing 0.75 percentage point hike in September

The ICE U.S. Dollar Index
a gauge of the dollar’s strength against a basket of rivals, was down 0.5% at 108.477, while the 10-year Treasury yield

held above 3%.

The potential for volatility in gold is “high this week,” thanks to Jackson Hole and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s remarks expected Friday, which could potentially act as a “fresh fundamental spark for gold,” said Otunuga.

Read the Fed Jackson Hole preview: Powell to stress a recession won’t stop Fed’s fight against high inflation

Gold’s next key level of support stands at $1,724, said Otunuga. A fall below that level may mean that a selloff towards $1,700 is in the cards, while a move back above $1,752 “may open a path back towards $1,770 and $1,800,” he said.

Economic data released Tuesday showed U.S. businesses grew more slowly in August. The S&P U.S. services index dropped to 44.1 from 47.3, based on “flash” survey. It was the fifth decline in a row.

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