Gold bars on display. Picture: BLOOMBERG
Gold bars on display. Picture: BLOOMBERG

Bengaluru — Gold prices touched a one-week high on Monday propped up by a weaker dollar, while mounting US coronavirus cases escalated concerns of the pandemic’s impact on economic recovery underpinning hopes of further monetary stimulus.

Spot gold rose 0.5% to $1,896.85 per ounce by 5.29am, after hitting its highest level since November 9 at $1,898.81 earlier in the session.

US gold futures were up 0.5% at $1,894.90. The dollar index was down 0.2%, making bullion cheaper for holders of other currencies.

The US coronavirus cases crossed the 11-million mark on Sunday, while President-elect Joe Biden’s top advisers called for urgent action to address the crisis.

“There are still underlying problems in structural economies, with job creations being the biggest problem,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at financial services firm Axi. “Central banks are going to keep the markets flushed enough to bridge this gap between now and the vaccine.”

Germany’s economy minister, Peter Altmaier, said the country should brace for another four to five months of severe measures to halt the outbreak.

US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell repeated last week his view that more action from the central bank and the Congress, in the form of further fiscal stimulus, is likely to be needed.

Gold, which tends to benefit from stimulus measures from central banks as it is considered a hedge against inflation and currency debasement, has soared 25% this year. Prices fell 3.3% last week after Pfizer said its experimental Covid-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective based on initial trial results.

“From a technical point of view gold may face some resistance around $1,900-$1,905,” said Howie Lee, economist at OCBC Bank, adding, the bullion’s move higher depends on clarity on fresh US fiscal stimulus.

Silver gained 1.5% to $25.01 per ounce. Platinum rose 1.2% to $899.83, while palladium was 0.7% higher at $2,341.06.


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