Gold Rate Steadies As Firmer Dollar Counters Safe-Haven Demand

The dollar index rose 0.2 per cent against its rivals, making gold expensive for holders of other currencies.

Gold Rate Steadies As Firmer Dollar Counters Safe-Haven Demand

Gold has climbed over 28% so far this year

Gold steadied in a tight range on Monday, paring initial gains after a firmer dollar offset support from renewed fears over the economic hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. Spot gold was steady at $1,931.91 per ounce by 0742 GMT (1:12 pm in India), after hitting a one-week low of $1,916.24 on Friday. US markets are shut for the Labor Day holiday on Monday. US gold futures rose 0.1% to $1,936.20.

The dollar index rose 0.2 per cent against its rivals, making gold expensive for holders of other currencies.

The dollar's trend is the "big wall of risk" to gold right now, said Stephen Innes, chief market strategist at AxiCorp.

"The general theme from last week's US jobs report showed that the recovery is continuing to slow... The lower for longer interest rates narrative continues to chime well for the gold bulls."

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Friday the US jobs report for August was "a good one," but noted that with gains likely to slow, the central bank is planning to keep its foot on the monetary policy gas pedal for years.

Global central banks have rolled out massive stimulus and slashed interest rates to near zero to counter the economic damage from the coronavirus, helping gold climb over 28 per cent this year. Focus will now be on the European Central Bank's policy decision on Thursday.

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Lower interest rates decrease the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.

However, low physical demand remained a headwind for gold as coronavirus cases in the world's second biggest bullion consumer India surpassed Brazil to take the second place after the United States.

Spot gold may bounce to $1,949, as it has cleared a resistance at $1,936 per ounce, said Wang Tao, technical analyst at news agency Reuters.

Elsewhere, silver was steady at $26.87 per ounce, platinum rose 0.8 per cent to $901.89 and palladium climbed 0.5 per cent to $2,308.32.