April 18, 2018 / 1:33 AM / a month ago

Gold advances on technical buying, light safe haven demand

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold prices rose to a one-week high on Wednesday on technical trading and some safe-haven demand even as the dollar held on to gains and stocks rose on risk appetite.

FILE PHOTO: Gold bullions are displayed at GoldSilver Central's office in Singapore June 19, 2017. Picture taken June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

Spot gold XAU= was up 0.2 percent at $1,349.71 per ounce by 1:48 p.m. EDT (1748 GMT), after touching its highest since April 11, while U.S. gold futures GCcv1 for June delivery settled up $4, or 0.3 percent, at $1,353.50 per ounce.

“We are up on safe-haven demand and a general commodities move,” said George Gero, managing director of RBC Wealth Management, adding concerns over U.S. sanctions on Russia still remain.

Gold broke above $1,350, a significant resistance level for gold, said Activtrades chief analyst Carlo Alberto De Casa, and a close above this level would confirm positive momentum for gold.

“If gold can remain above the $1,350 level for a couple of days there is a good chance to see it jumping up to $1,400,” he said.

Kitco Metals senior analysts Jim Wyckoff said the chart positions for gold and silver are “tilted in favour of the bulls, which is inspiring technically based buying interest at mid-week.”

The dollar index .DXY, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, eased toward a three-week low reached on Tuesday. A weaker greenback makes dollar-priced gold cheaper for holders of other currencies. [USD/]

Dollar losses were capped by a weaker pound which fell to a four-day low on Wednesday after British inflation unexpectedly cooled to a one-year low in March.

Robust corporate earnings this week capped gains in non-interest yielding gold and lifted stocks.

In physicals, Sri Lanka imposed a 15 percent tax on imported gold with effect from Wednesday to prevent illegal smuggling of the metal from the island nation, a finance ministry official said.

Spot silver XAG= climbed 2.7 percent at $17.19 per ounce, after touching its highest since Feb. 1 of $17.26.

Platinum XPT= gained 0.3 percent at $938.50 per ounce, after hitting a three-week high of $948.70.

Palladium XPD= rose 2.6 percent to $1,036 per ounce, having touched its highest since Feb. 28, $1,046.20.

Palladium prices rose on fears of Russian supply disruptions after the recent U.S. sanctions on shareholders of Nornickel, the world’s largest producer.

“We believe the recent rally is mainly driven by speculation and the gains are on a weak footing,” Julius Baer said, adding that sanctions were unlikely to be extended to Nornickel itself because the United States needs palladium.

Additional reporting by Eileen Soreng and Apeksha Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Louise Heavens and Richard Chang

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