Stronger dollar and positive Chinese data weigh on gold prices


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.com – traded lower on Monday morning in amid a tightened dollar and positive manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index () data from China.

contracts traded at $1,465.65 by 10:02 PM ET (03:03 GMT), down 0.48%.

Gold prices reached a one-week peak over the weekend at $1,472.85 due to uncertain prospects for the Sino-U.S. trade deal, after U.S. showed his support for Hong Kong demonstrators last week.

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But prices of the precious metal started to dip at the beginning of this week as the dollar strengthened. The  traded marginally higher by 0.05% after the U.S. showed strong economic data last week.

Positive China economic data also played a part in weighing down gold prices. Factory activity showed unexpected growth in November for the first time in seven months.

China’s came at 51.8, better than the expected 51.4 and beat the reading of 51.7 last month. Last Friday, the official released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) also recorded a reading of 50.2, surpassing the 50 level that suggests expansion for the first time since April.

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