Sept 15 – Gold prices gained on Friday as the dollar eased against the yuan after promising China economic data boosted recovery hopes in the world’s top bullion consumer, although the possibility of further US. interest rate hikes kept investors on edge.
Spot gold rose 0.3% to USD 1,915.27 per ounce by 0537 GMT, while US gold futures were up 0.2% at USD 1,936.90.
The yuan hit two-week highs against the dollar after data showedfactory output and retail sales in August beat forecasts. A softer dollar makes greenback-priced bullion more attractive for overseas buyers.
Despite the gains, bullion was still on track for a small weekly decline after dropping to near USD 1,900 level, its lowest since Aug. 23, on Thursday.
“The outlook for rates to be kept high for longer has been keeping non-yielding gold prices under pressure,” said Yeap Jun Rong, a market strategist at IG.
“Given the still-resilient economic conditions in the US, it does not seem to warrant the need for rate cuts anytime soon, with the timeline for cuts constantly pushed back into mid next year.”
Data on Thursday showed US.increased by the most in more than a year last month while also beat expectations, boosted by a surge in gasoline prices.
This comes after USprices in August increased by the most in 14 months, keeping bets alive for further rate hikes by the Federal Reserve after a likely pause next week.
Higher rates to curb inflation tend to lower demand for bullion, which yields no interest.
Encouraging Chinese data also supported other precious metals, with spot silver climbing 1.3% to USD 22.92 per ounce. Platinum gained 0.6% to USD 911.90 and palladium added 0.1% to USD 1,252.56, both looking poised for weekly gains.
(Reporting by Swati Verma in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
This article originally appeared on reuters.com