Picture: DARIO HAYASHI
Picture: DARIO HAYASHI

Bengaluru — Gold prices rose to a near five-month high on Tuesday, boosted by a weaker dollar and growing inflationary pressures, while investors awaited more US data to gauge the extent of global economic recovery.

Spot gold was up 0.2% at $1,911.45 an ounce by 2.55am GMT, after hitting its highest since January 8 at $1,914.26 earlier in the session. US gold futures rose 0.5% to $1,914.20 an ounce.

“Gold prices are riding a strong upward trend ... against the backdrop of a falling US dollar and also inflation concerns,” said Margaret Yang, a strategist at DailyFX.

“Perhaps another fundamental factor behind gold is the return of Chinese and Indian buyers. In the near term, if gold can breach the $1,922 an ounce mark, it can open the room for further upside potential.”

The dollar index was down 0.3% against its rivals, making gold less expensive for other currency holders. The US unit registered its second consecutive monthly loss.

Last week, data showed US consumer prices surged in April, with a measure of underlying inflation blowing past the Federal Reserve's 2% target.

Market participants’ focus this week will be on US economic readings, including nonfarm payrolls data due on Friday. Federal Reserve officials have repeatedly maintained they expect any rise in inflation to be short-lived and said monetary stimulus would stay in place for some time.

China’s factory activity expanded at the fastest pace this year in May as domestic and export demand picked up, though sharp rises in raw material prices and strains in supply chains crimped some companies’ production, a survey showed.

Elsewhere, silver gained 0.6% to $28.22 an ounce, after hitting a two-week high earlier in the session.

Palladium rose 0.8% to $2,850.63 and platinum climbed 0.5% to $1,192.22.

Reuters

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