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Gold rises after China data boosts yuan against dollar

September 15, 2023By Reuters

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 showed China factory 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. producer prices increased by the most in more than a year last month while retail sales also beat expectations, boosted by a surge in gasoline prices.

This comes after US consumer prices 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)

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