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Gold heads for weekly rise on subdued US Treasury yields, dollar

  • Palladium rose 0.1% to $2,839.21 per ounce but was off a record $2,891.50 hit on Thursday.
23 Apr, 2021

Gold was little changed on Friday but was set to post a third straight weekly gain after US President Joe Biden's proposal to hike capital gains tax weighed on US Treasury yields, while a weaker dollar also supported.

Spot gold was steady at $1,783.28 per ounce by 0545 GMT. The metal jumped to its highest since Feb. 25 at $1,797.67 on Thursday, and has added about 0.4% so far this week.

US gold futures rose 0.1% to $1,783.90 per ounce.

"The knock-on effect from the tax hike (proposal) is attracting bond investors and the yields have dropped, and this is providing a little bit of lift-off for gold," said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at financial services firm Axi.

"The big question now facing gold markets is a decision on how the US Federal Reserve is going to play next week."

US 10-year Treasury yield ticked lower on news that Biden will roll out a plan to raise taxes for high earners.

A subdued dollar also raised gold's appeal for other currency holders.

Underlining a revival in Asian bullion demand, shipments to India leapt to their highest since 2013, driving Swiss gold exports to a 10-month high.

Despite signs of strong pent-up demand for physical gold in India, rising coronavirus cases and renewed lockdown measures are threatening to kill off that revival, ANZ analysts wrote in a note.

Palladium rose 0.1% to $2,839.21 per ounce but was off a record $2,891.50 hit on Thursday.

Many analysts expect a further run towards $3,000 levels as automakers ramp up purchases of the metal, worsening a supply shortage.

Silver was down 0.4% at $26.07 per ounce, but set for a third straight weekly gain.

Platinum was steady at $1,203.05.

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