Gold prices fell on Wednesday while extending yesterday’s drop as the U.S. dollar firmed on renewed fears of intensification in the Sino-U.S.trade war and worries over slowing global economic growth. Investors took cover in the greenback after Bloomberg reported that Washington is preparing to announce tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports by early December if talks next month between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping fail to ease the trade war. A stronger dollar makes bullion more expensive for holders of other currencies.
Oil prices climbed for the first time in three days on Wednesday, but rising supply and fears over the outlook for demand amid the U.S.-China trade war kept pressure on the market. Brent crude futures had gained 52 cents, or 0.7 percent, to $76.43 a barrel. They fell 1.8 percent on Tuesday, at one point touching their lowest since Aug. 24 at$75.09 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures advanced 29 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $66.47 a barrel on Wednesday.
Zinc and copper prices fell in Shanghai on Wednesday after data showed that China’s manufacturing sector grew at its weakest pace in more than two years, dampening the outlook for demand in the world’s top metals consumer. Amid rising headwinds from the Sino-U.S. trade row, China’s official Purchasing Managers’ Index dropped to 50.2 in October from 50.8 in September, only slightly above the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction.
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