Gold set for 5th week of gains, buoyed by slump in dollar

12th January 2018 By: Reuters

Gold set for 5th week of gains, buoyed by slump in dollar

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BENGALURU – Gold prices rose for a third session on Friday to hit their highest since September, with a slump in the US dollar helping drive bullion towards its fifth-straight weekly gain.

Spot gold had edged up 0.5% to $1 328.84/oz by 0703 GMT, after earlier touching its highest since September 15 at $1 330.34.

The metal is up 0.7% so far this week and is set for its longest run of weekly gains since a streak that finished in the week ending April 14.

US gold futures were up 0.5% at $1 329/oz.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major currencies, fell to its lowest since September 20 at 91.689.

The euro jumped against the dollar as the European Central Bank signalled it could begin to wind down its €2.5-trillion ($3.01-trillion) stimulus programme this year.

A stronger euro potentially boosts demand for gold by making dollar-priced bullion cheaper for European investors.

"There is a lot of doubt on how long prices have to run from here ... Prices have risen despite the Fed raising interest rates and the main driver has been the US dollar, which we continue to see help gold run higher in the first quarter," said Brian Lan, managing director at dealer GoldSilver Central in Singapore.

Spot gold is expected to test resistance at $1 329/oz, with a good chance of rising more to the next resistance level at $1 341 according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

"There was some strong buying out of China on Friday suggesting some physical demand ahead of Lunar New year," said Stephen Innes, APAC head of trading at Oanda.

The greenback was also under pressure after data showed producer prices in the United States fell for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years in December amid declining costs for services.

Weak inflation at the producer level could add to concerns that the factors restraining inflation could become more persistent and result in the US Federal Reserve being more cautious about raising interest rates this year.

Higher rates could dent demand for non-interest-paying gold.

Investors will be watching the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) data due later on Friday.

Among other precious metals, spot silver rose 0.8% to $17.11/oz. Silver is on track for its first weekly loss in five weeks, down 0.6% so far this week.

Platinum rose 0.7% to touch its highest since September 11 at $991.40/oz. Platinum was heading for its fifth straight weekly gain, rising 1.9% so far this week.

Palladium was up 0.5% at $1 088.50/oz, after dropping to a more than one-week low at $1 075.50 on Thursday.