Gold prices fell on Monday as hopes of
progress in Russia-Ukraine peace talks to be held this week
dented safe-haven demand for bullion, while a stronger U.S.
dollar and higher yields further weighed on the metal.
* Spot gold fell 0.5% to $1,947.90 per ounce, as of
0151 GMT. U.S. gold futures were down 0.2% at $1,949.70.
* With peace talks between Russia and Ukraine set to take
place in Turkey this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr
Zelenskiy insisted on the territorial integrity of his country
after earlier suggesting he was ready for a compromise.
* The Russian central bank will restart buying gold from
banks and will pay a fixed price of 5,000 roubles ($52) per
gram between March 28 and June 30, the bank said on Friday.
* U.S. Treasury yields rose on Friday, with the benchmark
10-year note surging to nearly three-year highs as markets
grapple with high inflation and a hawkish U.S. Federal Reserve.
* Higher yields and interest rates increase the opportunity
cost of holding non-yielding bullion.
* The dollar index hit a more than one-week high, making
gold more expensive for other currency holders.
* Holdings of the world’s largest gold-backed
exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, rose 0.5% to 1,093.18
tonnes on Friday, their highest since late-February 2021.
* High bullion prices led some people to sell old jewelry
in India last week amid dim physical gold demand, while a
resurgence in COVID-19 cases in China hit purchases of the metal
in the country.
* China’s financial hub of Shanghai launched a planned
two-stage lockdown of the city of 26 million people on Monday to
contain surging local COVID-19 cases.
* Spot silver fell 1.2% to $25.21 per ounce and
platinum shed 0.8% to $993.59, while palladium
added 1.3% to $2,366.12.
(Reporting by Asha Sistla in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu
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