Gold prices hit 5-month peak on weaker dollar, inflation worries

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BENGALURU: Gold prices scaled a near five-month high on Tuesday, driven by a weaker dollar and growing inflationary pressures, while investors awaited more U.S. data to gauge the extent of the global economic recovery.

Spot gold was up 0.4% at $1,915.01 per ounce by 0636 GMT, its highest since Jan.8.

U.S. gold futures rose 0.6% to $1,917.20.

“Gold prices are riding a very strong upward trend… this is against the backdrop of a falling U.S. dollar and also inflation concerns,” said Margaret Yang, a strategist at DailyFX.

“Perhaps another fundamental factor behind gold is the return of Chinese and Indian buyers. In the near-term, if gold can breach the $1,922 per ounce mark, it can open the room for further upside potential.”

The dollar index was down 0.3% against its rivals, making gold less expensive for other currency holders. The U.S. unit registered its second consecutive monthly loss.

Last week, data showed U.S. consumer prices surged in April, with a measure of underlying inflation blowing past the Federal Reserve’s 2% target.

Market participants’ focus this week will be on key U.S. economic readings, including non-farm payrolls data due on Friday.

Federal Reserve officials have repeatedly maintained they expect any rise in inflation to be short-lived, and said monetary stimulus would stay in place for some time.

China’s factory activity expanded at the fastest pace this year in May as domestic and export demand picked up, though sharp rises in raw material prices and strains in supply chains crimped some companies’ production, a survey showed.

On the technical front, spot gold may rise into a range of $1,932 to $1,953 per ounce, Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao said.

Elsewhere, silver gained 1.1% to $28.35 per ounce, after hitting a two-week high earlier in the session.

Palladium rose 1% to $2,855.94 and platinum climbed 0.3% to $1,190.62. – Reuters



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