Gold prices edged lower on Monday as an uptick in the dollar dented the metal’s appeal, although lower U.S. bond yields and prospects of a prolonged accommodative interest rate environment limited losses.
Spot gold was down 0.2% at $1,886.76 per ounce as of 0308 GMT, after rising more than 1% in the previous session, as U.S. May non-farm payrolls fell short of expectations.
U.S. gold futures eased 0.1% to $1,889.60 per ounce.
“We are seeing some long covering in Asia today, with risk hedges being unwound after an uneventful news weekend, helped by a slightly stronger U.S. dollar and with Bitcoin rallying,” said Jeffrey Halley, OANDA senior market analyst.
“Although gold has corrected in recent sessions, the bullish fundamentals remain in place. Only a sharp steepening of the U.S. yield curve is likely to change that.”
Lower U.S. interest rates put pressure on the dollar and bond yields, increasing the appeal of non-yielding bullion.
The benchmark 10-year yield slipped below 1.6% and was hovering near a one-week low.
Indicative of sentiment, holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.1% to 1,043.16 tonnes on Friday.
Speculators raised their net-long positions in COMEX gold in the week ended June 1.
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