Gold prices edged higher Tuesday as a pullback in US equities and a weaker dollar lent support to the precious metal.
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The most actively traded contract, for April delivery, was recently up $3.50, or 0.3%, at $1,211.70 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Gold had been under pressure as a rally in US stocks lured away investors in recent months. The S&P 500 index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average both closed at fresh records on Monday, while the Nasdaq Composite rose above 5000 for the first time in nearly 15 years.
In other markets, palladium prices held near a five-month high as some investors wagered that China will mandate clear air-quality standards at an annual meeting of its legislature, which starts Thursday.
The price of Indian gold bullion closed as the biggest mover for Monday, March 2. Switching from a downward trend, the metal closed at INR 27,108 ($439.75) per 10 grams following a 2.6% increase. Chinese gold bullion finished the day up 1.0% to CNY 247.30 ($39.51) per gram. The price of US gold bullion remained steady at $1,209 per ounce. After a couple of days of improving prices, the price of Japanese gold bullion held steady at JPY 4,630 ($38.64).
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Indian silver saw its price rise 2.6% to INR 37,912 ($615.02) per kilogram. After a 0.8% increase, Chinese silver finished the day at CNY 3,595 ($574.43) per kilogram. Following a two-day rise, the price of Japanese silver flattened at JPY 638.00 ($5.32). US silver stayed flat at around $16.53 per ounce.
The price of Chinese platinum bar increased 1.2% to CNY 257.00 ($41.06) per gram. The price of US platinum bar steadied at $1,172 per ounce following two-days of increases. The price of Japanese platinum bar flattened at JPY 4,517 ($37.69) after two days of improvement.
Chinese palladium bar gained 0.5% to finish at CNY 184.00 ($29.40) per gram. The price of Japanese palladium bar ended a two-day climb, settling at JPY 3,117 ($26.01) per gram. Following a two-day rise, the price of US palladium bar flattened at $807.00.