Gold was up on Wednesday morning in Asia. The yellow metal steadied after slipping 1.6% during the previous session, alongside a strengthening dollar and rising U.S. Treasury yields that capped gains.
Gold futures inched up 0.04% to $1,799.15 by 12:31 AM ET (4:31 AM GMT) hovering slightly above the more than one-week low of $1,791.90 hit on Tuesday. The dollar, which normally moves inversely to gold, inched up to remain near a one-week high on Wednesday.
The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose up to 1.385% on Tuesday, the first time it has done so since mid-July 2021.
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Meanwhile, Venezuela’s gold reserves fell by three tons in the first half of 2021 and are currently at their lowest level in 50 years, according to Central Bank of Venezuela data released on Tuesday.
Russia’s Nornickel also said on Tuesday that it has extracted additional metals from waste products, part of new technology that was tested to support its 2021 output from its Arctic mines that were hit by flooding.
In other precious metals, silver inched up 0.1%, platinum was up 0.3% and palladium edged up 0.2%.