Gold Rallies For A The Second Day Amidst A Slump in Stock Markets While Dollar Remains Weak
Gold futures prices jumped a the second day on Wednesday amidst selloff in equity markets while the dollar remained weak against most of its peers after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed voting on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Gold for August delivery added more than 0.5 percent to trade around $1,252.85 an ounce in Asian trading session as investors rushed into safe-assets after technology and health-care shares weighed down the overall performance in Wall Street and continued to drag down indices in most of Asian markets.
On Tuesday, the S&P 500 Index shed 0.8 percent – the most since May 17 while the NASDAQ Composite index lost 1.61% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by 0.46%. Shares of Alphabet were among top losers, shedding more than 2% after Google had been fined a record $2.7 billion by the EU for having violated antitrust rules.
Meanwhile, the dollar lost ground versus most of its rivals amidst rising concerns over Trump administration following through with tax cuts and fiscal stimulus steps after the healthcare bill faced resistance from some of Republican senators and failed to be passed on Tuesday.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, lost more than 0.1 percent at 96.35, after shedding about 1 percent on Tuesday. A weak dollar tends to make gold more affordable to buyers using other currencies.
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