Gold set for third straight weekly gain as US yields, dollar pull back

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Gold set for third straight weekly gain as US yields, dollar pull back

Gold gained on Friday and was poised for a third straight weekly rise as a softer U.S. dollar, falling Treasury yields and a dip in equities after U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to hike capital gains tax encouraged investors to flock towards bullion.

FUNDAMENTALS

Spot gold was up 0.2% at $1,787.11 per ounce by 0135 GMT, after hitting its highest since Feb. 25 at $1,797.67 on Thursday. The metal has gained about 0.6% so far this week.

U.S. gold futures rose 0.4% to $1,788.10 per ounce.

The dollar index fell 0.1% against its rivals, making gold cheaper for other currency holders.

U.S. 10-year Treasury yield ticked lower on news that Biden will propose a tax hike for high earners, to fund about $1 trillion in childcare, universal pre-kindergarten education and paid leave for workers.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to a 13-month low last week.

Switzerland in March recorded its biggest monthly gold exports in 10 months as shipments to India leaped to their highest since 2013, Swiss customs data showed.

Uzbekistan’s central bank will resume gold sales when it feels the price of the metal is peaking, deputy governor Behzod Khamraev told Reuters.

Global silver demand will rise this year to its highest since 2015, the Silver Institute said in a report on Thursday.

Palladium rose 0.1% to $2,840 per ounce but was off a record $2,891.50 hit on Thursday. Many analysts expect a further run towards $3,000 per ounce as automakers ramp up purchases of the metal, worsening a supply shortage.

Silver eased 0.3% to $26.10 per ounce. Platinum was little changed at $1,203.10.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT)
0600 UK Retail Sales MM, YY March
0600 UK Retail Sales Ex-Fuel MM March
0715 France Markit Mfg, Serv, Comp Flash PMIs April
0730 Germany Markit Mfg, Serv, Comp Flash PMIs April
0800 EU Markit Mfg, Serv, Comp Flash PMIs April
0830 UK Mfg, Serv, Comp Flash PMIs April
1345 US Markit Mfg, Serv, Comp Flash PMIs April
1400 US New Home Sales-Units March

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