Gold prices jumped more than 1% on Tuesday to a near two-week high, following the steepest fall in dollars in more than two years as investors bet on U.S. interest rates staying lower for longer.
Spot gold XAU= was up 0.9% to $1,987.89 per ounce by 0947 GMT, having earlier hit its highest since Aug. 19 at $1,991.91. U.S. gold futures GCcv1 rose 0.9% to $1,996.10.
“The two drivers for gold are the weaker dollar and lower yields and that will keep the metal moving between the range of $1,800 and $2,100 until the U.S. presidential elections in November,” said Robin Bhar, an independent analyst.
“However, at the end of every month we might see some corrections as a result of speculators selling their positions.”
The dollar index .DXY dropped to a more than two-year low versus rivals, making gold cheaper for holders of other currencies. USD/
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Low interest rates minimise the opportunity cost of owning non-yielding bullion, which is often used as a buffer against inflation and currency depreciation.
Gold has gained about 31% this year, also supported by economic uncertainty stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
While waning consumer demand remains a headwind, “strong investor demand is likely to continue to provide support for gold,” Heraeus Precious Metals said in a note.
“In the near term, gold could move sideways as it consolidates following its rapid rally to record highs in early August.”
Elsewhere, silver XAG= was up 2.1% to $28.82 per ounce, after hitting its highest since Aug. 11.