Workers remove bullion bars from moulds at the KHGM Polska Miedz smelting plant in Poland. Picture: BLOOMBERG/BARTEK SADOWSKI
Workers remove bullion bars from moulds at the KHGM Polska Miedz smelting plant in Poland. Picture: BLOOMBERG/BARTEK SADOWSKI

Bengaluru — Gold rose on Monday as the dollar fell on the expectation that the US Federal Reserve will halt its rate-hiking cycle for the year, lifting demand for the metal from holders of other currencies.

Spot gold was up about 0.5% at $1,291.47 an ounce as of 11.06am GMT. US gold futures gained 0.6% to $1,292.90 an ounce.

“We are seeing buyers returning to the market on dips,” said Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen, adding that the dollar weakness supported prices.

Gold fell about 0.7% the previous session, its biggest one-day fall in about two months on the back of robust US jobs data.

But Hansen said demand for gold as a safe haven would remain because “a dovish Fed is more of a potential worry that the US economy is not as strong as the market expects.”

The dollar weakened on Monday on growing bets the US Federal Reserve would pause its rate-hike cycle in the coming months after Friday’s comments from chair Jerome Powell.

Powell said the central bank would be more sensitive to downside risks in the market, adding that it was “prepared to shift the stance of policy” if needed.

Gold tends to gain when interest-rate hike expectations ease because lower rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.

“The main trend remains bullish (for gold). From a technical point of view, traders are now watching the two key levels of $1,277 and $1,300, which are new support and resistance levels respectively,” ActivTrades chief analyst Carlo Alberto De Casa said in a note.

Holdings in the SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose to 798.25 tons on Friday, their highest since July 31 2018.

Among other precious metals, palladium gained 0.5% to $1,307.41 after touching a record high $1,313.24 earlier in the session.

Silver was up 0.4% at $15.76 an ounce, while platinum rose 0.5% to $826.70 having touched a more than one-month high of $831.10 earlier in the session.