Gold hits 9-1/2-month low on firm dollar; set for third weekly loss

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 25, 2016 10:34 hrs
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Gold lost 1 percent to touch its lowest level in 9-1/2 months in Asian trade on Friday, on track to post a third consecutive weekly decline, as the dollar extended its bull run against the yen on the back of rising bond yields.

Spot gold was down 0.8 percent at $1,173.56 an ounce by 0231 GMT. Earlier in the session, the metal dropped 1 percent to mark its lowest since Feb. 8 at $1,171.21 per ounce.

U.S. gold futures fell 1.4 percent to $1,172.6 per ounce, after dipping earlier to its lowest since Feb. 5 at $1,170.30 per ounce.

"The dollar has been really strong this morning and is pushing high. The Shangai arbitrage is trading $25 dollar premium, which seems to be suggesting that there is selling from Asia rather than buying," an investment bank trader said.

Bullion shed over 8 percent so far this month and has lost over $160 an ounce since the peak after the U.S. election on Nov. 9, hurt by a strong dollar and surging Treasury yields as investors bet on higher growth and inflation under U.S. president-elect Trump.

The dollar on Friday rose to an eight-month high against the yen, lifted by U.S. bond yields, which resumed their rise in Asia after the Thanksgiving break shut markets in the United States.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury note yield rose about 3 basis points to 2.382 percent from the previous close on Wednesday.

"The dollar is firm and triggering some selling (in gold). There were some stops around $1,180 and they were all taken," said Ronald Leung, chief dealer at Lee Cheong Gold Dealers in Hong Kong.

"There has been some physical buying, but that is not so strong and is not helping gold," Leung added.

Spot gold is expected to drop to $1,172 per ounce, as the support at $1,184 does not look to hold, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

Silver slipped 0.12 percent to $16.23 an ounce. Platinum slid 1.1 percent to $903.49, after having earlier hit its lowest since Feb. 8 at $901.00.

Both metals were on track to post a third straight weekly decline.

Palladium dropped 0.66 percent to $724.22.

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