Gold Prices Today Drop as Stocks Surge

San Francisco (Aug 26)  Gold prices today (Wednesday) fell as U.S. equities climbed following a two-day rout. In mid-morning trading today, the gold price dipped $16, or 1.4%, to $1,125.40.

A stronger dollar and a positive U.S. durable goods order report also drew investors away from gold and into stocks today.

The U.S. Commerce Department reported Wednesday morning that orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods spiked by the largest amount in 13 months. The data revealed orders for durable goods increased 2% in July, following a 4.1% gain in June.

The upbeat report helped lead to Wednesday's rally on Wall Street. Just before noon, the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq were all up roughly 1.5%.

goldToday's rally came after the Dow lost nearly 800 points over the past two days. Tuesday's close put the blue-chip benchmark's year-to-date loss at 12.10%, firmly in correction territory. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished Tuesday with year-to-date losses of 9.3% and 4.8%, respectively.

Even safe-haven gold fell Tuesday. Gold prices ended yesterday's session down $15.20, or 1.32%, at $1,138.20.

Concerns over a stock market swoon and slowdown in China, the world's second-largest economy, has created extreme volatility in the markets. Over the last five days, the Shenzhen Composite is down 23.7%.

Panicked investors have fled nearly all assets classes, including gold, amid the global market sell-off. Commodities have fallen hard in recent weeks as concerns mount that a slowdown in China will dampen the country's appetite for everything from oil to copper to gold.

Currently, China accounts for 23% of the world's gold consumption.

Even dovish comments Wednesday from Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley didn't help gold prices today.

During a news conference in New York City Wednesday morning, Dudley said prospects of a U.S. central bank rate rise next month have dimmed amid rising concerns about events happening outside of America's borders.

The Fed voting member added that boosting short-term rates off their current levels at the mid-September meeting now looks "less compelling" in light of the market's volatility and worrisome news out of China.

Around 1 p.m., Wednesday's gold price was off $15.20, or 1.33%. That put the gold price's year-to-date decline at 5.18%.

Source:  MoneyMorning