December 21, 2016 / 1:17 AM / a year ago

Gold steady as dollar retreats from 14-year peak

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold was little changed but held above last week’s 10-1/2-month low on Wednesday as a retreat in the dollar from the previous session’s 14-year peak prompted some buyers to hunt bargains after the metal’s sharp slide from its November high.

A customer looks at gold ornaments on display inside a jewelry showroom on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, a major gold buying festival, in the southern Indian city of Kochi April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Sivaram V

Bullion gave up earlier gains as the greenback .DXY came off session lows against a basket of six major currencies, while stocks edged down.

The metal had been hit hard by a surge in the dollar after the Nov.8 U.S. elections, and a more hawkish tone from the U.S. Federal Reserve after it hiked interest rates last week for only the second time in about a decade last month.

Spot gold XAU= was down 0.06 percent at $1,131.11 an ounce by 2:30 p.m. ET (1930 GMT), after trading as high as $1,137.12. U.S. gold futures GCv1 for February delivery settled down 0.04 percent at $1,133.20 per ounce.

Gold is getting some support from moves in the wider markets, Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch said. “The U.S. dollar is slightly weaker and U.S. bond yields are slightly lower as well,” he said.

The Fed last week signalled three more rate increases next year. Gold is highly sensitive to rising U.S. interest rates, which lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion, while boosting the dollar, in which it is priced.

“Looking ahead, we think that there is a risk that the price of gold might fall further in the coming months as the Fed hikes rates more aggressively in response to some of Trump’s more inflationary policies,” Capital Economics said in a note.

“That said, we see gold recovering over the medium term, as demand for inflation hedges picks up and ongoing geopolitical uncertainty ensures that safe havens remain well supported.”

Hefty outflows from gold-backed exchange-traded funds of late have been pressuring gold, HSBC said in a note.

“Declines of 300,000 ounces reported Monday night are the latest in more than a month of consecutive gold ETF outflows,” it said. “The GLD, the world’s largest gold ETF, has fallen 13 percent to 26.6 million ounces since the U.S. November elections.”

Among other precious metals, palladium XPD= was down 1.05 percent at $657 an ounce, after touching a six-week low of $652.80. It remains the best performing precious metal this quarter, with a drop of just 9 percent, compared with a 14 percent drop in the price of gold and an 11 percent retreat in platinum.

Spot silver XAG= was down 0.9 percent at $15.93, while platinum XPT= was 0.1 percent lower at $914.80.

Additional reporting by Swati Verma and Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Louise Heavens and Paul Simao

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