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Gold gains as stocks dip on Washington worries, rising virus cases

Tuesday,   12-Jan-2021   09:01 AM (IST)

Gold ticked higher on Tuesday as Asian stocks slipped on political ferment in Washington and a global surge in coronavirus cases, although a firmer dollar and higher U.S. Treasury yields limited gains. Spot gold rose 0.2% at $1,847.96 per ounce by 0235 GMT, after touching its lowest since Dec. 2 in the previous session. U.S. gold futures GCv1 eased 0.2% to $1,847.30. Asian stocks mostly traded lower as Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives barrelled towards impeaching U.S. President Donald Trump in the wake of Capitol siege last week. Benchmark 10-year Treasury yields held firm at 10-month highs as investors adjusted for higher government spending, helping the dollar firm and making gold expensive. Higher bond yields increase the opportunity cost of holding the non-interest yielding gold. Global coronavirus infections stood at more than 90 million as countries struggle with the pace of vaccinations. looks underpriced at current levels. The new (virus) strain reminds us of the fact that 2021 may not be materially different from 2020 if the world doesn't get the vaccine fast enough," said Howie Lee, an economist at OCBC Bank. The Federal Reserve will be cautious about the timeline of tapering, Lee said, even as money markets have increased bets it would start unwinding its asset-purchase programme by the end of the year. Platinum rose 2.3% to $1,055.23, while palladium climbed 0.3% to $2,378.25.