Gold prices were steady on Wednesday, after moving in a tight range in holiday-thinned trading, holding above the 1,220 level as the dollar was pressured by weak U.S. economic data and a clouded interest rate outlook. Spot gold was little changed at $1220.20 per ounce at the time of writing. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was trading near an over one-week low that it hit in the previous session. The currency came under pressure as U.S. Federal Reserve officials cautioned on the global growth outlook and weak data at home, pointing to a potentially slower pace of rate hikes.
London copper prices eased on Wednesday as tensions between the United States and China escalated ahead of a major meeting between the two presidents next week. The United States administration on Tuesday said China has failed to alter its “unfair” practices, adding to tensions ahead of a high-stakes meeting later this month between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.2 percent at $6,170 a tonne, at the time of writing, while base metals on the Shanghai Futures Exchange lost ground, with copper slipped 1.3 percent to 49,150 yuan ($7,077.24) a tonne.
Oil prices on Wednesday recovered some of the previous day’s over 6 percent plunge, lifted by a report of an unexpected decline in U.S. commercial crude inventories as well as record Indian crude imports. But investors remained on edge, with the International Energy Agency (IEA) warning of unprecedented uncertainty in oil markets due to a difficult economic environment and political risk.
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