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Gold set for best month since July 2020 on softer dollar, inflation woes

  • Palladium rose 0.5% to $2,839.72 per ounce, but it was set for its first monthly decline in four. Platinum climbed 0.9% to $1,187.50.
31 May 2021

Gold rose on Monday and was heading for its best monthly jump since July 2020, boosted by a weaker US dollar and lower bond yields, while growing inflationary pressure lifted demand for the safe-haven metal as a hedge.

Spot gold was up 0.4 at $1,909.81 per ounce by 0311 GMT, while US gold futures gained 0.4% to $1,913. Bullion has risen nearly 8% so far this month.

"Gold is pretty much drawing its strength from inflation fears and some inclination of the yields," said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management.

"The dollar is staying weaker that's fairly supportive. Gold bulls now have their eyes set on $2,000 and most of the guys are thinking it's going to go quite higher."

The dollar index eased 0.1% against its rivals, while the US 10-year Treasury yield fell to 1.593% on Friday, reducing the opportunity cost of holding non-interest bearing gold.

Data on Friday showed US consumer prices surged in April, with a measure of underlying inflation blowing past the Federal Reserve's 2% target and posting its largest annual gain since 1992.

Gold, often used as a hedge against inflation, has benefited from recent data showing a rise in prices in the United States and the UK.

Investors' focus this week will be on US payrolls data due on Friday with median forecasts at 650,000.

"On the technical front, a trade above the $1,915.60 would, however, signal a resumption on the $1,950 target and there is strong support at the $1,875 and $1,850 levels," Avtar Sandu, senior commodities manager at Phillip Futures, said in a note.

Palladium rose 0.5% to $2,839.72 per ounce, but it was set for its first monthly decline in four. Platinum climbed 0.9% to $1,187.50.

Silver jumped 0.7% to $28.07 and was heading for its best monthly gain since December.

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