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Gold holds moderately weaker in Asia on mixed regional data
On Monday, gold held moderately weaker in Asia on mixed regional data and political risk events in focus this week.
In New York, April delivery gold futures declined 0.04%, trading at $1,250.65 a troy ounce. Copper futures dipped 0.30%, trading at $2.648 a pound because labor disruptions at mines in Peru, Chile and Indonesia get resolved.
In Australia, March’s AIG manufacturing index dropped to 57.5 from 59.3, Japan's Tankan large manufacturers poll revealed a leap to plus-12 from plus-10.
The previous week, gold retraced losses after a Federal Reserve official stressed that the major US financial institution was in no rush to tighten its monetary policy in 2017.
Gold soared after New York Fed President William Dudley told on Friday that it really made sense to increase interest rates at a gradual pace in 2017. Hopes for a slower pace of rate hikes tend to spur gold, traditionally denominated in dollars.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.