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Gold prices edged up on Tuesday, after hitting a two-week high in the previous session, amid political uncertainty over Brexit and as the U.S. dollar held steady.
The dollar was little changed against a basket of six major currencies on Tuesday after dropping to its lowest since mid-June in the previous session, while the British pound was frail after the departure of two key euroskeptic ministers raised worries about a “hard Brexit.”
Britain’s ramshackle exit from the European Union could damage economic growth in the euro zone, European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny said.
Investors were also waiting on the sidelines for developments on the trade war front between China and the United States, said Dick Poon, general manager, Heraeus Metals Hong Kong. Meanwhile, hedge funds and money managers raised their net long position in COMEX gold by 105 contracts to 4,291 contracts in the week to July 3, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed on Monday.
Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund dropped 0.18 percent to 800.77 tonnes on Monday.
In other precious metals, Silver climbed 0.4 percent to $16.14 an ounce. Silver speculators trimmed their net long position by 11,515 contracts to 10,651 contracts, CFTC data showed. This was the weakest position since January. Platinum gained 0.6 percent to $851.90. Palladium dipped 0.1 percent to $959.50 an ounce.
A stronger yuan and slight weakness in the USD has provided support for gold. Also, geopolitical issues such as Britain’s confused exit from the European Union and U.S. President Trump’s assertion that China was impeding North Korean progress on denuclearization have provided some support for gold.
BUY GOLD AT: 1254.03, TAKE PROFIT AT: 1255.91, STOP LOSS AT: 1252.85