Metals Stocks: Gold prices trip as investors watch China-U.S. tariff negotiations

Gold futures headed reduce Thursday as markets reacted to a call of Sino-American trade developments, amid vicious meetings between high-level trade representatives in Washington, D.C.

December bullion on Comex

GCZ19, -0.81%

 was off $4.30, or 0.3%, to $1,508.40 an ounce, after rising 0.6% on Wednesday. Futures for bullion have staid reduce in 3 of a past 4 sessions, however.

Meanwhile, Dec china

SIZ19, -1.77%

 lost 14 cents, or 0.8%, to strech $17.680 an ounce, following a benefit of 0.6% a day ago.

Markets have been bouncing around as U.S.-China trade negotiations get underneath approach in aspiring on Thursday. A series of opposing reports over a odds of a understanding had knocked bonds and bullion prices around.

Some reports suggested lower-level talks progressing this week had done no allege on vicious issues, and that a Chinese delegation’s revisit was cut short. However, Bloomberg News reported that a White House could put in place a banking agreement and postpone tariff increases that are set to take outcome Oct. 15.

Still commodity experts trust a doubt might yield support for bullion prices.

“Chinese and U.S. politicians can't determine on terms of mutual trade. Periods of high marketplace sensitivity boost a direct for bullion as a protecting asset. However, it would be too uncomplicated to trust that bullion will grow until a parties finally agree,” pronounced Alex Kuptsikevich, financial researcher during FxPro, in a Thursday investigate note.

On a information front, a consumer-price index was prosaic in September, a supervision pronounced Thursday, imprinting a smallest change given January. Economists polled by MarketWatch had foresee a 0.1% advance. And jobless claims for a week hold nearby a 50-year low, with initial jobless claims, a severe approach to magnitude layoffs, disappearing by 10,000 to 210,000 in a 7 days finished Oct. 5, the supervision pronounced Thursday.

Mark DeCambre is MarketWatch’s markets editor. He is formed in New York. Follow him on Twitter @mdecambre.

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