Gold Advances to a One-Month High as Euro Rallies, Demand Gains
Gold advanced to the highest level in more than a month in New York as the euro rallied after France and Spain sold debt and amid signs physical demand is gaining. Palladium and platinum also jumped.
The euro rose to a two-week high and most European stocks gained after French borrowing costs dropped at an auction and Spain sold more bonds than its planned target. Commodities advanced amid signs China will relax credit controls. Demand for physical gold in India yesterday was the strongest UBS AG has seen this year, the bank said in a report.
“Gold is pulled upward by the firm equity markets and rising commodity prices,” said Daniel Briesemann, an analyst at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt. “In addition, the SPDR Gold Trust saw its first inflows since the end of November, which might be a signal that physical demand among private investors is picking up again.”
Gold for February delivery climbed 0.1 percent to $1,661.50 an ounce on the Comex in New York by 8:03 a.m., after rising earlier today as much as 0.6 percent to $1,670.60, the highest price since Dec. 13. Gold for immediate delivery was little changed at $1,659.70 an ounce in London.
The dollar fell as much as 0.5 percent against the euro after sliding 1 percent yesterday, the most since Nov. 11, after the International Monetary Fund said it plans to expand its lending resources to counter Europe’s debt crisis. Bullion typically moves counter to the greenback.
“There is some impact from the euro strengthening,” said John Meyer, an analyst at Fairfax IS in London. “With countries looking to print money for the IMF, gold gains in relative value against paper money.”
Gold holdings in the SPDR Gold Trust, the biggest exchange- traded product backed by bullion, rose 0.1 percent to 40.37 million ounces on Jan. 17, the first gain since Nov. 30. Global holdings in exchange-traded products backed by bullion slipped 0.2 percent to 2,354.94 metric tons yesterday, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
Palladium for March delivery advanced as much as 1.7 percent to $680 an ounce, the highest price since Dec. 12, while platinum for April delivery climbed as much as 1.1 percent to $1,541.50 an ounce. Silver for March delivery gained as much as 1.2 percent to $30.90 an ounce, the highest level since Dec. 14.
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