Gold prices inch lower as firm dollar dents appeal

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Spot gold was down 0.2% at $1,836.67 per ounce, as of 0203 GMT.
U.S. gold futures were flat at $1,840.00.

Gold extended losses on Monday as an elevated dollar weighed on bullion demand, with a U.S. market holiday expected to lead to thin trading during the day.

Spot gold was down 0.2% at $1,836.67 per ounce, as of 0203 GMT. U.S. gold futures were flat at $1,840.00.

The dollar index hovered near its highest level in about two decades, making greenback-priced bullion less attractive for overseas buyers.

“It is a public holiday in the U.S. today, which means liquidity — and therefore volatility — is likely to be lower, thus making directional moves on gold difficult without a fresh catalyst,” City Index senior market analyst Matt Simpson said.

Federal government offices, the Federal Reserve System, and stock and bond markets in the United States will be closed on Monday for the Juneteenth holiday.

Asian shares were unable to sustain a rare rally as Wall Street futures shed early gains amid worries the U.S. Federal Reserve would this week underline its commitment to fighting inflation with whatever rate hikes were needed.

“Gold has effectively been in a choppy range since May 19 between $1,805 and $1,880. And that makes it more of a traders’ market than an investors’ market. We think traders will opt to buy dips above $1,800 and sell rallies below $1,880,” Simpson said.

Gold wrapped up the previous week lower as a stronger dollar and interest rate hikes by major central banks dented the appeal of bullion, which yields no interest.

However, SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings rose 1.1% to 1,075.54 tonnes on Friday from 1,063.94 tonnes on Thursday.

Spot silver fell 0.7% to $21.49 per ounce and platinum dipped 0.8% to $934.34, while palladium rose 0.8% to $1,830.81.