In this systematic photo on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, a gold bar sits in the bullion dealers of Gold Investment Limited in this systematic photo.
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After falling more than 4% in the previous session, gold prices fell on Monday as the dollar strengthened and US Treasury yields rose, ignoring the appeal of non-yielding metals.
Spot gold was down 0.2% to $ 1,844.51 an ounce, after touching the lowest level since December 15 on Friday. US gold futures closed up 0.5% at $ 1,844.
US Treasury yields held firm after a fall in payrolls last month, which expected more federal spending to aid the virus-battered economy, leading the dollar to rise 0.2% against rival currencies.
A stronger dollar makes bullion more expensive for holders of other currencies, while higher bond yields increase the opportunity cost of holding gold than non-interest yields.
The US economy shed jobs for the first time in eight months in December as the country grew under the onslaught of COVID-19 infections.
US President-Elect Joe Biden said the US jobs report released on Friday showed that Americans now needed immediate relief and that action would now help the economy with deficit financing.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers late Sunday evening that she would ask Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet to remove President Donald Trump from office before going for impeachment.
The physical gold discount slipped since June in top consumer China last week, as a stronger yuan encouraged some purchases.
Speculators gained their steep gains in COMEX gold and silver contracts for the week on January 5, data showed on Friday.
Silver fell 1% to $ 25.12 an ounce on Friday, up 9.8%.
Platinum fell 1.5% to $ 1,048.61, while palladium fell 0.1% to $ 2,368.31.