- Yuan touches two-week high vs dollar
- Gold poised for second consecutive weekly decline
- Platinum, palladium set for weekly gains
By Swati Verma
Sept 15 (Reuters) – Gold prices gained on Friday as the dollar eased against the yuan after promising China economic data boosted recovery hopes in the world’s top bullion consumer, although the possibility of further U.S. interest rate hikes kept investors on edge.
Spot gold rose 0.3% to $1,915.27 per ounce by 0537 GMT, while U.S. gold futures were up 0.2% at $1,936.90.
The yuan hit two-week highs against the dollar after data showed China factory output and retail sales in August beat forecasts. A softer dollar makes greenback-priced bullion more attractive for overseas buyers.
Despite the gains, bullion was still on track for a small weekly decline after dropping to near $1,900 level, its lowest since Aug. 23, on Thursday.
“The outlook for rates to be kept high for longer has been keeping non-yielding gold prices under pressure,” said Yeap Jun Rong, a market strategist at IG.
“Given the still-resilient economic conditions in the U.S., it does not seem to warrant the need for rate cuts anytime soon, with the timeline for cuts constantly pushed back into mid next year.”
Data on Thursday showed U.S. producer prices increased by the most in more than a year last month while retail sales also beat expectations, boosted by a surge in gasoline prices.
This comes after U.S. consumer prices in August increased by the most in 14 months, keeping bets alive for further rate hikes by the Federal Reserve after a likely pause next week.
Higher rates to curb inflation tend to lower demand for bullion, which yields no interest.
Encouraging Chinese data also supported other precious metals, with spot silver climbing 1.3% to $22.92 per ounce. Platinum gained 0.6% to $911.90 and palladium added 0.1% to $1,252.56, both looking poised for weekly gains.