Gold teeters above $1,800 as lower yields counter dollar strength

Author of the article: Gold inched higher in choppy trade on Monday, as weakness in Treasury yields kept prices above the $1,800-mark and marginally outweighed pressure stemming from elevated U.S. dollar levels. Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,811.99 per ounce, by 0319 GMT. U.S. gold futures rose 0.6% to $1,812.10. Bullion prices hit a…
Gold teeters above $1,800 as lower yields counter dollar strength

Author of the article:

Gold inched higher in choppy trade on

Monday, as weakness in Treasury yields kept prices above the

$1,800-mark and marginally outweighed pressure stemming from

elevated U.S. dollar levels.

Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,811.99 per ounce, by 0319

GMT. U.S. gold futures rose 0.6% to $1,812.10.

Bullion prices hit a five-month low of $1,783.50 on Friday,

but recovered to end the session nearly steady.

“Once again, we saw buyers support gold with its break below

$1,800 on Friday, and with U.S. yields continuing to retrace, it

allows the potential for gold to rise over the near term,” City

Index senior market analyst Matt Simpson said.

Benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields fell to their lowest

level in a month on Friday, buoying non-yielding bullion.

“But the reality is that managed funds and large speculators

are increasing their short bets against gold, and if we see a

close below $1,800 then it could trigger another bout of

selling,” Simpson said.

The dollar hovered close to recent two-decade highs,

continuing to make greenback-priced gold less attractive for

buyers holding other currencies, after playing a significant

part in bullion’s worst quarterly showing in over a year.

Asian equities started cautiously on Monday as a run of soft

U.S. data suggested downside risks for this week’s June payrolls

report, while the hubbub over recession was still driving a

relief rally in government bonds.

SPDR Gold Trust , the world’s largest gold-backed

exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.8% to 1,041.9

tonnes on Friday from 1,050.31 tonnes on Thursday.

U.S. Federal government offices, stock and bond markets, and

the Federal Reserve will be closed on Monday for the

Independence Day holiday.

Spot silver eased 0.2% to $19.84 per ounce, platinum

fell 0.5% to $884.49, and palladium dropped 1.3%

to $1,934.40.

(Reporting by Bharat Govind Gautam in Bengaluru; Editing by

Sherry Jacob-Phillips and Uttaresh.V)

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