Gold extends rally as dollar wobbles, but stock gains keep metal in check

MarketWatch/Rachel Koning Beals/12-18-17

Gold futures ticked higher Monday as the dollar index slipped, building slowly on what was the yellow metal’s first weekly gain in a month last week.

…The dollar slipped against most other major currencies, with the ICE Dollar Index DXY, -0.56% down 0.3% at 93.70. The greenback advanced on Friday on increased optimism the Republican tax bill will get approved before Christmas. Gold typically moves inversely to the dollar and stocks, as investor appetite for riskier assets tends to lure investors away from the haven of gold.

Accordingly, gold’s upside Monday was held in check in part as risk-on investment sentiment persisted, leaving major stock indexes on track for new records. Such optimism was the result of tax-policy progress. Speaking on several Sunday talk shows, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he has “no doubt” that the GOP’s tax bill will make it to the desk of President Donald Trump this week.

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