Gold prices hit a more than six-month high on Monday, firming above the $2,000 per ounce level, as a weaker dollar and expectations of an end to U.S. interest rate hikes lifted demand.

Spot gold was up 0.5% at $2,012.33 per ounce by 1147 GMT, after reaching its highest since May 16 at $2,017.82. U.S. gold futures also rose 0.5% to $2,013.10.

The dollar eased 0.1% against a basket of major currencies, hovering around a more than two-month low touched last week and making gold less expensive for holders of other currencies

"Gold is flying and to really explain it, is the fact that it's finally broken above $2,000 in a significant way," said Craig Erlam, senior markets analyst at OANDA, describing the move as "purely technical" and driven by last week's U.S. inflation data and jobs report.

Gold prices are well above their 50-, 100- and-200 day moving averages and are around $60 away from August 2020's all-time high of $2,072.49.

Investors' attention is on the release of revised U.S. third-quarter GDP figures on Wednesday and the PCE price index, the Fed's preferred inflation gauge, on Thursday.

"Economic figures coming out of the U.S. this week, both on the growth and inflation front, will make or break a case for whether gold remains above $2,000," said Kyle Rodda, a financial market analyst at

The latest data indicating a slowdown in U.S. inflation has increased expectations of an earlier-than-expected easing of monetary conditions by the Federal Reserve.

Traders widely expect the Fed to hold rates in December, while pricing in about a 60% chance of a cut in May next year, CME's FedWatch Tool shows.

Lower interest rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-interest-bearing assets, often boosting gold prices.

Silver jumped 1.9% to $24.76 per ounce, platinum edged up 0.1% to $931.70 and palladium was up 0.9% to $1,078.56 per ounce.

(Reporting by Anushree Mukherjee and Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirsten Donovan, Louise Heavens and Barbara Lewis)