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Gold slides on stronger dollar, easing geopolitical tensions

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Gold prices fell near a three-week low on Wednesday as the dollar’s advance and easing geopolitical concerns lowered the metal’s shine.

The precious metal recorded its lowest level today at $1323.22 an ounce after opening the session at $1329.84.

Gold was largely hit by the advance in the U.S. dollar, which leaped to a three-month high, as U.S. 10-year Treasury yield edged up 0.032 to a record higher of 3.015 percent.

The dollar index set a new peak at 90.85, the highest level since January 12, set for its sixth daily gain out of seven sessions.

On the political front, the geopolitical tensions eased as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is due to hold a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-In on Friday, while he may meet President Trump in early June.

Trump said on Tuesday the United States would likely reach a trade agreement with China where officials from both sides would meet to sit down for negotiations.

However, the losses in gold were limited as shares plunged on warnings from bellwether U.S. companies of higher costs raised concerns that corporate earnings growth may peak soon.

Crude oil inched down to $67.70 a barrel after falling around 1.8 percent on Tuesday, ahead of a U.S. government report tracking weekly build of crude inventories due later in the day.

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