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Gold Prices Drop as U.S. Dollar Impedes Gains

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© Reuters. – Gold prices dropped on Monday as the U.S. dollar added downward pressure to the green-back denominated asset and investors awaited news of progress in trade talks between Washington and Beijing, while some analysts suggested that the current drop in the precious metal could represent a buying opportunity.

At 10:04 AM ET (15:04 GMT), for April delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange lost $8.65, or 0.66%, to $1,309.85 a troy ounce.

Meanwhile, the , which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, gained 0.33% to 96.74.

While a stronger greenback is generally considered a negative for gold as it makes the dollar-denominated metal more expensive for holders of foreign currencies, the precious metal has only fallen about 0.9% since Jan. 31, compared to the 1.5% rise in the dollar index.

Benjamin Lu, an analyst with Singapore-based Phillip Futures, noted that the strong dollar was a short-term obstacle for gold.

“But over a long-term perspective, we are quite bullish. Global growth worries, absence of positive signs in U.S-China trade negotiations and reduction in the euro-zone growth forecasts have laid a strong foundation for gold,” he said.

Along similar lines, analyst Pinchas Cohen suggested that the current drop in gold could represent a from the point of view of technical analysis.

Cohen also argued that the recent dollar rally has been due to the currency’s “off-and-on safe haven status” and did not reflect an increased faith in economic growth.

Even as high level officials gather in Beijing this week as they try to hammer out an agreement over trade, U.S. President Donald Trump warned last week that he had no plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping before the March 1 deadline, dampening hopes for a breakthrough.

Traders will also be monitoring U.S. economic data for its impact on the dollar and precious metal this week. Figures on consumer prices are due on Wednesday, while December retail sales figures and data on producer prices is set to be released on Thursday.

In other metals trading, fell 0.67% at $15.703 a troy ounce by 11:06 AM ET (15:06 GMT).

slumped 1.23% to $1,354.35 an ounce, while sister metal traded down 1.36% at $791.60.

In base metals, declined 0.76% to $2.789 a pound.

— Reuters contributed to this report.

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