Gold futures rose slightly Tuesday as the dollar pulled back from multi-month highs, but the precious metal still hovers near the lowest levels of the year.

June gold GCM8, +0.08%[1] was up $3.70, or 0.3%, at $1,294.40 an ounce. That’s more than $10 up from the $1,281.20 it grazed at one point Monday, the lowest intraday level since December. July silver SIN8, +0.58%[2] meanwhile, tacked on 10 cents, or 0.6% to $16.62 an ounce.

“The safe haven is still trading near the $1,290/ounce level, where it has remained stuck for a week now, showing little response to developments on the trade or geopolitical fronts,” said Marios Hadjikyriacos, a strategist with brokerage XM.

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Gold continued to slog near chart lows, gathering little momentum from the still-swirling geopolitical factors around Iran oil[5], China trade and North Korea diplomacy. Focus instead has been on firmer dollar trading and the U.S.-favored interest-rate differential over other economic powerhouses. A light economic calendar on Tuesday keeps attention on Wednesday’s release of Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting minutes and any signals within those notes for the likelihood of a rate increase next month and beyond.

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