Global Shares and Dollar Strengthen As Geopolitical Concerns Ease, Gold Ticks Down

Gold futures price edged lower on Monday as global shares and U.S. dollar advanced, recovering from last week’s sharp losses caused by tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Tracing upbeat moves of Asian shares, European stocks and U.S. equity futures rose, driving market appetite away from safe-havens to more risky assets.

The Stoxx Europe 600 index jumped nearly 0.9 percent, partly paring a loss of 2.7% it suffered last week. The pan-European benchmark looked set to close higher for the first time following three days of declines in a row which sent the index to the lowest level since late February last Friday.

While Germany’s DAX 30 index DAX soared more than 1.10% to trade at 12,145.54, France’s CAC 40 index added +0.95% and the U.K.’s FTSE 100 index climbed 0.59%. Tensions over North Korea eased thanks to comments from U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that showed Trump administration was seeking diplomatic solutions to achieve the “irreversible denuclearization” of North Korea.

Gold futures for September delivery lost nearly 0.7 percent to trade at $1280.00 an ounce also because the greenback strengthened. The U.S. Dollar Index which measures the currency against a half-dozen rivals, jumped 0.28 percent to 93.34. The precious metal had risen to its highest since June 6 at $1,298.10 in the prior session.

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