Gold prices pop higher as investors focus on talks on coronavirus relief
Gold prices on Monday traded higher to start the week, with talk of a last-ditch effort to strike a deal by U.S. lawmakers on a fresh round of fiscal relief before the 2020 presidential elections helping to drive buying appetite, experts said.
A weaker dollar also was paving a path higher for bullion because weakness for the buck can draw interest in gold from buyers using currencies that are relatively weaker than the buck.
Oil prices slip after China economic data; focus on OPEC+ supply
Oil prices fell on Monday after China's third-quarter economic growth rose came in weaker than expected, underscoring concerns that surging coronavirus cases globally are impacting demand in the world's largest oil importer.
The world's second-largest economy expanded by 4.9% in the third quarter from a year earlier, missing analyst expectations of 5.2%, government data showed. Refiners in China, the world's second-largest oil user, slowed their processing rates in September.
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Dollar Edges Higher; Chinese Data, Uncertain U.S. Political Situation Help


The dollar edged higher in early European trade Monday, with the disappointing Chinese GDP data weighing on risk sentiment, while traders also cast a nervous eye on the U.S. political situation.

At 2:55 AM ET (0655 GMT), the Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, was up 0.1% at 93.8727, following a 0.7% rise last week when a global surge in coronavirus cases and an impasse over the stimulus package prompted caution.
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Gold Up, Boosted by Halted COVID-19 Treatment, U.S. Stimulus Hopes
Gold was up on Wednesday morning in Asia, as hopes that the latest U.S. stimulus measures would be passed by Congress before the Nov. 3 presidential election, and a COVID-19 treatment would be launched quickly, were dashed.
Gold futures edged up 0.17% at $1,897.75 by 12:53 AM ET (4:53 AM GMT), remaining below the $1,900 mark. The dollar was up on Wednesday.
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Crude Oil Prices Rise as IEA Hails Q4 Stockpile Draw


Crude oil prices climbed back above $40 a barrel in the U.S. on Wednesday after a moderately upbeat of the near-term outlook from the International Energy Agency, which forecast a clear drop in world stockpiles in the final quarter of 2020.

By 9:30 AM ET (1315 GMT), U.S. crude futures were up 1.6% at $40.84 a barrel, while the international benchmark Brent contract was up 1.6% at $43.12 a barrel.
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Dollar Edges Higher on Vaccine Woes; Sterling Weakens


The dollar edged higher in early European trade Wednesday, holding on to recent gains following doubts about how quickly a Covid-19 vaccine will come to the market, prompting a more risk averse trading environment.

At 2:50 AM ET (0650 GMT), the Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, was up marginally at 93.567, retaining recent gains after hitting a three-week low of 92.997 on Friday.
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Gold Up Over Strengthening Dollar, Stall in Latest U.S. Stimulus Measures


Gold was up on Monday morning in Asia, with investors turning to the safe-haven asset as the dollar strengthened and talks over the latest U.S. stimulus measures stalled.

Gold futures were up 0.37% at $1933.35 by 12:08 AM ET (4:08 AM GMT), hitting its highest level since Sep. 21 at $1,932.96 earlier in the session. The dollar was up on Monday.
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Oil prices extend slide as U.S. producers restore output post-hurricane
Oil prices dropped for a second straight session on Monday as U.S. producers began restoring output after Hurricane Delta weakened, while a strike that had affected production in Norway came to an end.
Brent crude (LCOc1) for December fell 32 cents, or 0.8%, to $42.53 a barrel by 0347 GMT and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (CLc1) for November was at $40.30 a barrel, down 30 cents, or 0.7%.
Dollar Edges Higher as Stimulus Talks Stumble; Losses Loom
The dollar edged higher in early European trade Monday, with negotiations over the latest stimulus measures in the U.S. seemingly in difficulties as the election approaches.
At 2:55 AM ET (0655 GMT), the Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, was up 1% at 93.108, regaining a little ground after recording its biggest loss in six weeks on Friday, falling to a near-three-week low of 92.997.
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Gold gains as concerns over U.S. stimulus talks ease
Gold rebounded on Wednesday as worries about a halt in U.S. coronavirus stimulus talks faded, bolstering bullion's appeal as a hedge against inflation and
prompting investors to cover short positions after a near 2% decline in the last session.
Spot gold rose 0.5% to $1,886.16 per ounce at 1142 GMT. U.S. gold futures fell 1% to $1,889.60.
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