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Gold rises from multi-month lows as US dollar weakens

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Gold rose over 1 per cent on Monday, recovering from 9-1/2 month lows, as the US dollar extended losses after touching a near 14-year high last week.

[BENGALURU] Gold rose over 1 per cent on Monday, recovering from 9-1/2 month lows, as the US dollar extended losses after touching a near 14-year high last week.

Spot gold had gained 0.92 per cent to US$1,193.80 an ounce by 0532 GMT after climbing as high as US$1,197.54 earlier in the session.

The metal marked its lowest since Feb 8 at US$1,171.21 per ounce in the previous session.

US gold futures were up 1.3 per cent at US$1,193.50 per ounce.

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The US dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, was down 0.67 per cent at 100.810 after slipping 0.2 per cent in the previous session as US Treasury yields eased from recent peaks.

"The US dollar strength has eased somewhat and we may be seeing some buying interest re-enter the market," ANZ analyst Daniel Hynes said.

"There has been some heavy selling over the past couple of weeks, so there may be a touch of technical-based buying." The metal has fallen about 7 per cent so far this month on the back of a stronger US dollar and surging bond yields as investors bet that US President-elect Donald Trump's policies would spur growth and inflation.

Federal Reserve policymakers appeared confident on the eve of the presidential election that the economy was strengthening enough to warrant an interest rate hike, minutes from the Fed's early November meeting showed.

A stronger greenback makes US dollar-denominated gold expensive for holders of other currencies, while higher interest rates could dent the appeal of non-yielding bullion.

Gold was riding on US dollar weakness and the support for the yellow metal sits around US$1,180 an ounce, while resistance comes in at US$1,200, MKS PAMP Group trader Sam Laughlin said.

Traders also said supply concerns in China after a directive from the People's Bank of China to limit gold imports, kept premiums in Shanghai around US$22, driven by buoyant demand.

Gold premiums in top consumer China jumped to the highest in nearly three years last week on supply worries.

Demand from South East Asia is also quite good and buying at lower prices could have driven prices higher, said Cameron Alexander, an analyst with Thomson Reuters-owned metals consultancy GFMS.

SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.73 per cent to 885.04 tonnes on Friday.

Spot gold is expected to bounce to resistance at US$1,210 per ounce as it has found support at US$1,172, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

Among other precious metals, silver gained nearly 2 per cent to US$16.81 an ounce and palladium rose 0.2 per cent to US$742.50. Platinum was up 1.73 per cent at US$918.60.

REUTERS

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