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Metals Stocks: Platinum leads precious metals higher as stocks, bonds tumble

All told, Wednesday marked another strong session for precious metals despite rising Treasury yields and a strengthening dollar.

Platinum
PL00,
+2.96%

traded higher, rising 2.9%, or nearly $28, to finish the session at $996 an ounce – just shy of the psychologically significant $1,000-per-ounce threshold. The precious metal has now risen for four consecutive sessions.

Palladium
PA00,
-0.89%
,
meanwhile, was down 0.5%, or $10, to $2,006 per ounce.

Gold futures, meanwhile,
GC00,
+0.21%

increased 60 cents, or 0.3%, to finish the session at $1,843.30. Silver finished the session with a much stronger gain, rising 1.1%, or 23 cents, to close at $21.88.

U.S. stocks traded lower on the session, as several Fed officials talked down the likelihood of an autumnal “pause” in the central bank’s rate-hiking plans.

All three major U.S. stock indexes were down in the afternoon, while an aggressive selloff across Treasurys
TMUBMUSD02Y,
2.649%

pushed yields on 2- through 7-year maturities up by 11 to 14 basis points each. 

Finally, copper futures for June delivery gained 3.50 cents per pound, or 0.81%, to $4.33.

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