PRECIOUS-Gold falls below 2-week low on strong dollar, stocks

* Dip under $1,266 may set off additional decline -analyst

* Fed minutes due on Wednesday

* Greenback index close to one-month excessive (New all through, updates costs, market exercise, feedback)

By Brijesh Patel

Might 21 (Reuters) – Gold costs dropped on Tuesday to the bottom in additional than two weeks, because the greenback strengthened together with equities and different riskier belongings forward of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s launch of minutes from its newest assembly.

Spot gold fell zero.three% to $1,273.70 per ounce as of two:24 p.m. EDT (1824 GMT). The session low of $1,268.97 was its lowest since Might three.

U.S. gold futures settled down zero.three% at $1,273.20.

“What we’re seeing, in an odd method, cash is flowing in direction of the greenback as a safe-haven,” mentioned Bart Melek, head of commodity methods at TD Securities in Toronto.

“Additionally, we’ve got little little bit of threat urge for food on the inventory futures, so much less of a purpose to enter gold as a hedge,” he added.

Worldwide equities markets strengthened after america quickly relaxed curbs on China’s Huawei Applied sciences, easing worries about additional escalation of the U.S.-China commerce battle.

The greenback index climbed to its highest in practically a month, supported by the U.S.-China commerce battle and better U.S. Treasury yields.

“Valuable metals costs have come underneath stress throughout the complicated as commerce tensions have heightened, the U.S. greenback has strengthened and U.S. Treasury yields have edged greater,” Commonplace Chartered analysts mentioned in a observe.

“Gold costs have tumbled to check the lows for the month forward of the FOMC Might assembly minutes due on 22 Might. Our economists count on the minutes to emphasise endurance and data-dependency.”

The Fed minutes are anticipated to supply insights into the Might 1 central financial institution assembly wherein policymakers determined to maintain rates of interest regular and signaled little urge for food to regulate them any time quickly.

On Monday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell mentioned it was untimely to establish the influence of commerce and tariffs on financial coverage.

“From a technical standpoint, a primary optimistic sign (for gold) could be a restoration to $1,290, whereas a fall under the current low of $1,266 may open area for an extra decline,” mentioned ActivTrades analyst Carlo Alberto De Casa.

Amongst different valuable metals, silver fell zero.2% to $14.43 per ounce.

Platinum fell zero.1% to $811 per ounce after touching a three-month low of $801.50 earlier, whereas palladium fell zero.7% to $1,320.01 per ounce. (Reporting by Brijesh Patel and Swati Verma in Bengaluru Modifying by Marguerita Choy and David Gregorio)

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