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Barrick Gold and Goldcorp were bucking the down draft to add 1.9 per cent to $15.11 and 1.4 per cent to $14.99, respectively.

What does bucking the down draft mean here? If it means decline, then why is it followed by to add? Does it mean to add a negative value?

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The two gold companies resisted the negative trend posting better than expected earnings:

Buck:

[ T ] to oppose or refuse to go along with something: As a designer, she bucked the trend and succeeded with her own original ideas. (Cambridge Dictionary)

Downdraft:

decline, an economic downdraft. (M-W)

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to go against the flow TFD and actually gain value.

To do, think, and/or believe things that are different or contrary to those of the majority of people.

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