Gold slipped on Tuesday on a stronger dollar and as investors booked profits after the yellow metal hit a near three-month high in the previous session, amid safe-haven demand on the back of rising global political uncertainty. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, was up 0.7% at 100.610.
Gold and silver have started the new week how they ended the last one: higher. Last week saw silver extend its bullish run for the sixth straight week while gold recorded its fifth weekly gain in six. Correspondingly, it was the dollar’s fifth losing week in six as the Dollar Index fell below 100. U.S. stock markets ended the week higher, however, with the S&P 500 index extending its bullish run for the fifth consecutive week.
It has been a rather volatile day across the financial markets as investment funds reposition their portfolios ahead of the new month. Equities and the dollar fell further, precious metals bounced and oil gushed higher. In forex, the safe-haven yen strengthened as did the euro while the pound recovered from its early weakness to turn decisively higher against the dollar.
Spot gold rose to its highest in over two weeks on Friday on a weaker dollar and was set to end 2016 more than 9% higher, marking its first annual gain in four years. For the week, gold is up about 2.5% and is poised to register its best weekly gain since early June. In India, the world's No. 2 consumer of the metal, dealers were offering a discount of up to $4 an ounce this week over official domestic prices that include a 10% import tax. They offered discounts of up to $2 last week.
The yuan collapse sends China physical gold premium soaring to three-year highs, according to Bloomberg: Two weeks ago, China joined the long procession of countries to declared war on cash and gold. The result has been a new all-time high in the bullion Dealers shops of $40 dollars over spot on the main land of China.