Gold goes up in Asia, while copper slides on demand views

Gold goes up in Asia, while copper slides on demand views

On Tuesday, gold managed to gain in Asia, while copper dipped as demand in the metals complex turns to be under review, reacting to an evident slowdown in China's industrial output.

In New York, June delivery gold futures added 0.35%, trading at $1,234.34 a troy ounce. As for copper futures, they relived 0.43%, demonstrating $2.528 a pound.

On Monday, China posted industrial output grew a less than expected 6.5%, thus missing a 7.5% profit seen.

China and India are considered to be the world's top gold importers. They account for about 40% of world copper demand.

Overnight, gold grew because weaker than expected American manufacturing data applied pressure on the evergreen buck that backed an uptick in commodity prices. Meanwhile, geopolitical worries as for North Korea revived.

As the Federal Reserve Bank of New York informed, the previous month its Empire State manufacturing index edged down to minus 1, from April’s outcome of 5.2 because new orders sank and shipment soared more rapidly.


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