Gold prices rose for a third session on Friday to hit their highest since September, with a slump in the U.S. dollar helping drive bullion towards its fifth-straight weekly gain.
Spot gold had edged up
0.5 percent to $1,328.84 an ounce by 07:03 GMT, after earlier touching
its highest since Sept. 15 at $1,330.34.
The metal is up 0.7
percent 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.
U.S. gold futures were up 0.5 percent at $1,329 an ounce.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major currencies, fell to its lowest since Sept. 20 at 91.689.
euro jumped against the dollar as the European Central Bank signaled it
could begin to wind down its 2.5 trillion euro ($3.01 trillion)
stimulus program this year.
A stronger euro potentially boosts demand for gold by making dollar-priced bullion cheaper for European investors.
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 U.S. 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 per ounce, with a good chance of rising more to the
next resistance level at $1,341, according to Reuters technical analyst
"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 U.S. 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 U.S.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) data due later on Friday.
precious metals, spot silver rose 0.8 percent to $17.11 an ounce. Silver
is on track for its first weekly loss in five weeks, down 0.6 percent
so far this week.
Platinum rose 0.7 percent to touch its highest since Sept. 11 at $991.40 an ounce.
Platinum was heading for its fifth straight weekly gain, rising 1.9 percent so far this week.
Palladium was up 0.5 percent at $1,088.50 an ounce, after dropping to a more than one-week low at $1,075.50 on Thursday.