Gold holds gains as dollar retreats

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Gold holds gains as dollar retreats

Dubai - Among other precious metals, silver was up 0.4 per cent at $17.14 an ounce, and platinum rose 0.27 per cent to $937.80.

By Reuters

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Published: Wed 16 Nov 2016, 12:14 PM

Last updated: Wed 16 Nov 2016, 2:46 PM

Gold prices on Wednesday held gains made in the previous session as the U.S. dollar weakened, but lacked impetus to push higher on increased odds of an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve.
Spot gold was up 0.14 per cent at $1,229.36 an ounce at 0610 GMT, after rising 0.67 percent in the previous session.  
"At this moment there is some kind of rebound but $1,230 should be the immediate resistance level that it should not cross with a very high momentum," said Mark To, head of research at Hong Kong's Wing Fung Financial Group.
"$1,215 to $1,250 should be the trading range just to allow some time for people to think and reflect on the possibilities of policy options for the President-elect."
Trump's election to the US presidency sent bond yields surging to 2016 highs this week, pushing the US dollar to an 11-month peak against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, as investors bet his administration's policies would stoke inflation.
On Wednesday, the dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of major currencies, slipped back 0.26 percent at 99.965.
"A slightly weaker US dollar also helped improve investor sentiment," ANZ analysts said in a note.
However, the dollar still held near its 11-month high hit, though, after upbeat US data gave the greenback fresh impetus.
Stronger-than-expected US retail sales data in October pointed to sustained economic strength that could allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month. 
Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo on Tuesday said Trump's election already may be pushing up interest rates and tightening financial markets, something the Fed will have to monitor as it decides how quickly to tighten monetary policy.
"With Fed officials' recent comments, talk of a rate rise will hardly inspire gold to go higher," said James Steel, chief metals analyst for HSBC Securities. 
Gold is highly sensitive to interest rates.
Spot gold may test a resistance at $1,235 per ounce, a break above which could lead to a further gain to the next resistance at $1,249, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.
SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.16 percent to 927.45 tonnes on Tuesday from 928.93 tonnes on Monday.
Among other precious metals, silver was up 0.4 per cent at $17.14 an ounce, and platinum rose 0.27 per cent to $937.80.
Palladium was down 0.3 percent at $703.80, after touching its best since Oct. 4 at $711.70 earlier in the day.

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