August 19, 2020
Gold jumps 1 percent to surpass $2,000 oz as dollar dips
(Reuters) - Gold prices climbed 1% to surpass the $2,000-mark on Tuesday, as the dollar weakened to a more than two-year low, with traders also focusing on minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting set to release this week.
Spot gold rose 0.7% to $1,999.26 per ounce , having earlier hit a one-week high of $2,007.19.
U.S. gold futures were up 0.5% at $2,007.60.
"The fragile currency environment and the weak economic numbers in the United States are stealing the dollar's safe-haven appeal," said Vandana Bharti, assistant vice-president of commodity research at SMC Comtrade.
Safe-haven buying in gold should continue given the amount of stimulus measures and an increase in novel coronavirus cases, she added.
A softer dollar, which makes gold cheaper for those holding other currencies, underpinned prices on Tuesday. This added to the bullion's 32% jump this year following massive global stimulus measures that fuelled inflation and currency debasement fears.
On Monday, gold jumped as much as 2.4%, with further impetus from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway buying a stake in major gold miner Barrick Gold Corp.
Meanwhile, eyes are also on the minutes from the Fed's last meeting due on Wednesday.
"Traders are getting the last kick at the can ahead of the FOMC minutes where the view is for the Fed to have talked about YCC (yields curve control) or inflation-targeting which is bad for the dollar and good for gold," said Stephen Innes, chief market strategist at financial services firm AxiCorp.
Lower yields and interest rates decrease the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as gold.
Adding to the pandemic-induced hit to the global economy was increasing Sino-U.S. friction with the Trump administration announcing it will further tighten restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co .
Silver climbed 2.1% to $27.97 per ounce, and platinum gained 1.5% to $963.29. Palladium fell 0.4% to $2,190.20.