The US dollar
The US dollar is an indicator that closely follows gold’s movements. The US Dollar Index has been in a strong position during the last few months. Over the past three months, the US dollar has risen ~5.8%. Gold has fallen 7.1% during this timeframe.
As precious metals are dollar-denominated assets, they tend to negatively react to changes in the US dollar. A surge in the dollar is often harmful to precious metals, as an expensive dollar indicates lower demand for it as well as dollar-denominated assets.
Much of the US dollar’s movement can also be determined by the movement in US interest rates. Higher interest rates could also support the US dollar and have an adverse impact on precious metals, which aren’t interest-bearing assets.
This year, the correlation between gold and the dollar has been -0.82, indicating that ~82.0% of the time, gold and the dollar have moved in opposite directions. The rest of the time, gold was uncorrelated with the dollar.
Mining companies that were mostly down over the last month due to the strong dollar include Gold Fields (GFI), Randgold Resources (GOLD), Wheaton Precious Metals (SLW), and Franco-Nevada (FNV). These stocks fell 1.1%, 2.4%, 2.1%, and 2.4%, respectively.