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Gold hovers below one-week peak as dollar holds ground

An Argor-Heraeus SA stamp sits on a 250 gram gold bar in Budapest, Hungary, on March 10, 2016.

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Gold prices edged lower on Monday as the dollar held steady, although receding worries about early tapering by the Federal Reserve and concerns over the Delta coronavirus variant kept bullion near a one-week peak.


Spot gold was down 0.2% at $1,775.06 per ounce by 0919 GMT, after hitting its highest since Aug. 6 at $1,782.40 earlier in the session. U.S. gold futures eased 0.1% to $1,776.70.

The dollar held its ground against major peers buoyed by disappointing monthly activity data from China.

“We’re just seeing a small reversal in gold prices after a strong rally on Friday, which is probably quite natural, also considering the fact that the dollar is a bit stronger,” Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen said.

“The market may have started to readjust after weak sentiment data going into the Fed minutes and Jackson Hole. But right now, we’re in a period of consolidation between $1,750 support to the downside and $1,790 being the upside.”

Gold jumped 1.5% on Friday after data showed U.S. consumer sentiment dropped sharply in early August to its lowest level in a decade, soothing Fed taper fears among investors.

Focus now shifts to minutes of the Fed’s July meeting on Wednesday and Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments on Tuesday that could shed more light on monetary policy.

Markets are also keeping a close watch on geopolitical implications due to a sudden collapse of the Afghan government after Taliban insurgents seized the capital Kabul.

“Over the weekend, the political situation in Afghanistan deteriorated drastically…This might potentially affect the financial markets and the gold price, which we will find out over the next few days,” said Carlo Alberto De Casa, market analyst at Kinesis.

Gold is often used as a safe store of value during political and financial uncertainty.

Silver fell 0.9% to $23.52 per ounce. Platinum slipped 1.6% to $1,009.98 and palladium dropped 1.3% to $2,616.28.

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