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Metals Stocks: Gold finishes higher, shaking off early losses that pulled prices to a 2½-year low

Gold prices briefly slipped to their lowest level in 2½ years on Friday as U.S. Treasury yields continued to storm higher, causing ructions across financial markets.

Price action

Gold futures expiring in December fell $15.30, or 0.8%, to $1,621.10 per ounce
GCZ22,
+0.17%
,
the lowest intraday level for a most-active contract since April 2, 2020, when gold traded as low as $1,595.20 on Comex, according to Dow Jones Market Data.

Silver futures
SIZ22,
-0.34%

expiring in December fell 44 cents, or 2.4%, to $18.25 per ounce.

Palladium futures
PAZ22,
-4.96%

due in December fell $110, or 5.3%, to $1,969 per ounce, while platinum futures
PLF23,
-1.13%

expiring in January fell $22, or 2.4%, to $892.90 per ounce.

Copper futures
HGZ22,
-0.16%

expiring in December fell 5 cents, or 1.6%, to $3.356 per pound.

What’s happening

Rising Treasury yields and the strong U.S. dollar continued to call the tune across markets, driving global stocks and commodities like gold lower as investors brace for more interest-rate hikes from the Federal Reserve, along with the possibility that the U.S. economy will soon slide into a recession.

“The marketplace late this week is more risk averse and focused on the march higher in U.S. Treasury yields,” said Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note
TMUBMUSD10Y,
4.275%

climbed 6.2 basis points Friday to 4.282%, its highest level since 2008.

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