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Gold Cools after 3-Day Run-up; Seals Best Week in Four

By Barani Krishnan - Gold prices consolidated on Friday after a three-day run-up, ending with their best week in four as investors hedging against the tumbling dollar steadfastly backed the yellow metal amid renewed emphasis for a US Covid-19 fiscal relief bill. on New York’s Comex settled Wednesday’s trade down $1.10, or 0.1%, at $1,840 an ounce. For the week, though, the benchmark gold futures contract gained almost $52, or nearly 3%. It was the yellow metal’s best week since the week ended Oct. 30 and erased a significant portion of last week’s near 5% loss, which was the biggest weekly plunge since July. , which reflects real-time trades in bullion, was down $5.21, or 0.3%, to $1,835.76 by 1:45 PM ET (18:45 GMT). For the week, bullion rose 2.7%. Gold is emerging from one of its most brutal sell-offs ever after dynamic breakthroughs in Covid-19 vaccines and their potential availability before Christmas caused a run on money in safe-havens. The yellow metal lost about 6% of its value in November, its most for a month since 2016 and fell into $1,700 territory. Investors have in recent weeks directed money mostly into stock markets and other risk assets such as oil, as those witnessed an epic rally amid the notion that vaccines and therapeutics would soon bring an end to the spread of the coronavirus. Despite the continued emphasis on risk, gold as a haven is rallying again on talk of a new U.S. Covid-19 stimulus effort, which triggered a plunge instead in the dollar, the alternative trade to the yellow metal. The was down more than 1% to a six-year low of 90.47. The U.S. Congress originally passed in March the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, dispensing roughly $3 trillion as paycheck protection for workers, loans and grants for businesses and other personal aid for qualifying citizens and residents. In the past few months, however, Democrats in Congress have been locked in a bitter debate with Republicans in the Senate on a successive relief plan to the CARES Act. The dispute has basically been over the size of the next stimulus as thousands of Americans, particularly those in the airlines sector, risked losing their jobs without further aid. The stalemate was finally broken last week after a bipartisan group of Democrats and Republicans proposed a $908 billion relief bill, which the two sides have been negotiating since.

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