Gold Up Against Weaker Dollar, Investors Digest China’s Economic Data

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By Gina Lee – Gold was up on Tuesday morning in Asia, near a five-month high, as investors digested Chinese factory activity data released earlier in the day and await key U.S. economic data to be released later in the week.

were up 0.47% to $1,914.25 by 11:07 PM ET (3:07 AM GMT). The , which usually moves inversely to gold, was down on Tuesday.

China’s was 52.1, with both forecasts prepared by and April’s reading at 51.9. The Caixin figure was above the released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday which read 51.

In Japan, data released earlier in the day said the rose 53.0 in May, slightly higher than April’s 52.5 figure. But its factory activity expanded at a slower pace in the previous month due to a decrease in output and new orders despite strong external demand. Investors remain concerned that the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the country will continue to curb the economic recovery.

Elsewhere in the region, the is due to hand down its policy decision later in the day.

On the data front, investors now await key U.S. economic data, including the to be released on Tuesday. Further data include and the in May, due on Friday.

In precious metals, palladium rose 0.5%, silver fell 0.1%, and platinum edged up 0.2%.

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