Gold futures settle higher
Lower treasury yields and falling stock prices amid worries over rising coronavirus cases aided gold’s surge. However, a stronger dollar limited gold’s uptick. The dollar index, which rose to 90.73, was up nearly 0.4 per cent at 90.45 a little while ago.
Gold futures for February ended with a gain of 15.40 dollars or about 0.8 per cent at 1,850.80 dollars an ounce.
Silver futures for March ended up 0.647 dollars at 25.284 dollars an ounce, while Copper futures for March settled at 3.5645 dollars per pound, down 0.1090 dollars from previous close. Coronavirus cases have been rising in several countries across the world. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned locals “these next winter weeks will be the hardest phase of the pandemic”.
Concerns about developments in Washington also weighed on stocks as Democrats prepare another attempt to remove President Donald Trump from office.
House Democrats are preparing to once again impeach Trump even though the president has less than two weeks left in his term.
After the siege of the US Capitol building by Trump supporters last week, Democrats are concerned about additional incitement by the president in his final days in office.