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Gold hovers near 3-week high on softer dollar, yields


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Gold prices held steady on Monday,

hovering near a more than three-week high scaled in the previous

session, helped by a weaker US dollar and lower bond yields.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold held its ground at $1,755.59 per ounce,

as of 0053 GMT, after hitting its highest since July 6 at

$1,767.79 on Friday.

* US gold futures eased 0.2% to $1,779 per ounce.

* The dollar languished near three-week lows against

its rivals, making greenback-denominated gold less expensive for

other currency holders. Benchmark US 10-year Treasury yields

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were hovering near a four-month low.

* Data showed US consumer spending increased more than

expected in June as Americans paid more for goods and services,

with monthly inflation surging by the most since 2005.

* India launched its first international bullion exchange on

Friday as the world’s second-biggest consumer of the precious

metal tries to bring transparency to the market for the precious

metal.

* Asian share markets got off to a slow start on Monday as

disappointing Chinese economic data fed doubts last week’s rally

on Wall Street could be sustained in the face of determined

policy tightening by global central banks.

* SPDR Gold Trust , the world’s largest gold-backed

exchange-traded fund, said its holdings rose 0.06% to 1,005.87

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tonnes on Friday from 1,005.29 tonnes on Thursday.

* Physical gold buying eased last week in India as rupee

prices rose to a three-week high, while the likelihood of fresh

restrictions to tackle higher coronavirus cases clouded the

demand outlook in top consumer China.

* Spot silver fell 0.5% to $20.22 per ounce, platinum

was down 0.5% at $892.83, and palladium eased 0.2%

to $2,124.74.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT)

0145 China Caixin Mfg PMI Final July

0500 India S&P Global Mfg PMI July

0750 France S&P Global Mfg PMI July

0755 Germany S&P Global/BME Mfg PMI July

0800 EU S&P Global Mfg Final PMI July

0830 UK S&P GLBL/CIPS Mfg PMI July

0900 EU Unemployment Rate June

1345 US S&P Global Mfg PMI Final July

1400 US ISM Manufacturing PMI July

(Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu

Sahu)



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