Gold and silver futures regained positive ground Wednesday, inversely tracking weaker trade for stocks and other so-called risk-on markets.

Gold for June delivery on Comex

GCM19, +0.42%

 rose $4.80, or 0.4%, to $1,281.90 an ounce, while July silver

SIN19, +0.77%

 gained 12 cents, or 0.82%, to $14.440 an ounce, crawling up from the settlement Tuesday at $14.345 — a fresh low for 2019.

Gold has turned lower by 0.6% month to date. Silver, tagged with both investing and industrial use, has exhibited greater volatility around the U.S.-China trade discussions; it added 1.2% for last week, though its monthly drop so far stands at about 4.4%.

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Stock-index futures pointed to a lower start for Wall Street on Wednesday as worries about trade tensions and the outlook for global growth weighed on equity markets and sparked continued buying interest in government bonds.

U.S.-China trade tensions remained a factor, analysts said, after Chinese state media reports underlined the country’s scope to use rare-earth minerals, used in the production of everyday devices, such as mobile phones, computer memory chips and rechargeable batteries, as an economic weapon.

See: Shares of Chinese Australian rare-earth companies soar amid China threat over exports

Metals gained even as the U.S. dollar

DXY, +0.09%

ticked higher Wednesday relative to its peers, a break in the typically inverse relationship between the U.S. unit and precious metals priced in dollars. The 10-year Treasury

TMUBMUSD10Y, -1.66%

 yield continued to trade in the red as bond prices gained, with the yield at its lowest since October 2017.

Gold and other commodities priced in dollars can typically be hurt by a firmer greenback, making them more expensive to users of other currencies, and vice versa. And, lower yields on bonds can be beneficial to assets like gold by reducing the opportunity cost of holding nonyielding metals.

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2019-05-29