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Gold falls from 3-week high as dollar rises after China policy move

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Investing.com – Gold prices fell from the previous session’s three-week peak on Tuesday, as the U.S. dollar marched higher after China devalued its currency in a surprise move.

for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange shed $4.40, or 0.4%, to trade at $1,099.90 a troy ounce during European morning hours.

A day earlier, gold rallied to $1,108.50, the strongest level since July 21, before ending the session at $1,104.10, up $10.00, or 0.91%.

China’s central bank devalued the yuan by nearly 2% on Tuesday, allowing the currency to fall to levels last seen in 2012, in an effort to make the country’s exports more competitive and boost the economy amid lackluster growth.

The , which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was up 0.1% at 97.32 early Tuesday, coming off from lows of 97.08 struck on Monday.

Traders continued to mull the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike after Federal Reserve Governor Stanley Fischer said Monday that the Fed is concerned about low inflation and won’t start to raise rates before it sees inflation returning to more normal levels.

The comments sparked uncertainty surrounding a Fed rate hike in September and prompted some investors to argue that the central bank might hold off on raising rates until December.

Gold fell to a five-and-a-half year low of $1,072.30 on July 24 amid speculation the Fed will raise interest rates in September for the first time since 2006.

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Expectations of higher borrowing rates going forward is considered bearish for gold, as the precious metal struggles to compete with yield-bearing assets when rates are on the rise.

Also on the Comex, for September delivery dropped 16.2 cents, or 1.06%, to trade at $15.13 a troy ounce. Prices surged to $15.37 on Monday, a level not seen since July 14, before closing at $15.29.

Elsewhere in metals trading, for September delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange slumped 3.5 cents, or 1.45%, to trade at $2.365 a pound during morning hours in London.

On Monday, copper tumbled to $2.307, a level not seen since June 2009, before turning higher to settle at $2.400, up 6.7 cents, or 2.89%.

Copper prices have been under pressure in recent weeks amid growing concerns over the health of China’s economy.

The Asian nation is the world’s largest copper consumer, accounting for almost 40% of world consumption last year.

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