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12:00 AM, October 21, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:23 AM, October 21, 2020

Gold holds steady as focus turns to US stimulus, election

Gold prices were stable on Tuesday, hovering above the $1,900 level, as investors awaited further clarity on whether a new US coronavirus stimulus package will be forthcoming before next month's presidential election.

Spot gold was up 0.1 per cent at $1,906.26 per ounce by 0925 GMT. US gold futures eased 0.1 per cent to $1,909.60.

The dollar index slipped 0.2 per cent against its rivals, lending support to gold by making the metal less expensive for holders of other currencies.

"Investors' focus is on the new aid package for the U.S. economy, whether it will be successfully placed before the elections," Commerzbank analyst Eugen Weinberg said.

"The US election is itself very important. The market is also (evaluating) chances of each candidate and its impact on the monetary policy going forward."

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin "continued to narrow their differences" about the package, Pelosi's spokesman Drew Hammill said.

Gold, which has risen nearly 26 per cent so far this year, tends to benefit from widespread stimulus measures from central banks because the metal is viewed as a hedge against inflation and currency debasement.

 "In the last few days, there hasn't been much volatility on bullion as investors are awaiting new market drivers," ActivTrades' chief analyst Carlo Alberto De Casa said in a note. "Only a clear climb above $1,930 would give new strength to the price, while although the bull trend seems to be in pause, it is definitely not yet dead."

Elsewhere, silver gained 0.3 per cent to $24.57 per ounce and platinum dipped 0.1 per cent to $855.26, while palladium rose 0.2 per cent to $2,348.39.

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