Futures & Commodities

Gold rises over 1% as dollar, yields retreat

A worker tends to gold bars at a precious metals plant.
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Gold rose over 1% on Thursday buoyed by a retreat in the dollar and U.S. bond yields, while grim U.S. jobless data clouded the outlook for an economic recovery, adding to the metal's safe-haven appeal.

Spot gold rose 1.2% to $1,727.86 per ounce. Most markets will be closed for Good Friday on April 2. U.S. gold futures settled up 0.7% at $1,728.30.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, the Labor Department said.

"The higher initial claims than were expected could lead to more stimulus and a slower recovery," said Phillip Streible, chief market strategist at Blue Line Futures in Chicago, adding a weakening dollar and softer yields are helping prices.

The dollar index marched back from a five-month high hit in the previous session, making gold less expensive for other currency holders. Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields also eased.

On Wednesday, Biden announced his long-awaited $2 trillion-plus job plan, that called for a sweeping use of government power to reshape the American economy.

With gold being oversold and the Federal Reserve keeping rates low, gold investors see an opportunity knocking, said Michael Matousek, head trader at U.S. Global Investors.

While gold is considered a hedge against inflation from widespread stimulus, higher bond yields this year have threatened that status as they translate into a higher opportunity cost of holding bullion.

"A retreat in yields, especially in the key U.S. 10-year Treasury, as inflation pressures recede holds out the possibility of a recovery in gold prices," James Steel, chief precious metals analyst at HSBC wrote in a note.

Silver rose 0.9% to $24.61 per ounce, while platinum edged up 1% to $1,199.34 and palladium was up 1.1% at $2,647.69.