Gold falls on firm dollar, U.S. economy re-open hopes

Spot gold fell 0.5% to $1,675.92 per ounce by 0038 GMT

  
Gold bars are seen at the Austrian Gold and Silver Separating Plant 'Oegussa' in Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2016. Image used for illustrative purposes.

Gold bars are seen at the Austrian Gold and Silver Separating Plant 'Oegussa' in Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2016. Image used for illustrative purposes.

REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Gold prices fell to a more than one-week low on Monday as the dollar firmed and as investors remained optimistic that the U.S. economy might reopen soon from lockdowns that were enforced to contain the novel coronavirus' spread.

FUNDAMENTALS

Spot gold fell 0.5% to $1,675.92 per ounce by 0038 GMT, having touched its lowest since April 9 earlier in the session. The metal slumped about 2% on Friday.

U.S. gold futures GCv1 slipped 0.7% to $1,687.20.

The dollar strengthened 0.1% against key rivals, making gold costlier for investors holding other currencies. 

Caution gripped Asian share markets on expectations of a busy week of corporate earnings reports and economic data will drive home the damage done by the global virus lockdown. 

Governors in U.S. states hardest hit by COVID-19 sparred with President Donald Trump over his claims they have enough tests and should quickly reopen their economies as more protests are planned over the extension of stay-at-home orders. 

U.S. Democrats and Republicans are near agreement on approving extra money to help small businesses hurt by the pandemic and could seal a deal as early as Monday, Trump said, despite hopes for a deal on Sunday. 

Britain is not considering lifting the lockdown imposed almost four weeks ago given the "deeply worrying" increases in the death toll, a senior minister said on Sunday.

Japan's exports fell 11.7% in March from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance (MOF) data showed, reflecting a sharp drop in external demand due to the pandemic. 

Physical gold demand in China continued to be in the doldrums last week as the coronavirus-led restrictions stalled activity, with dealers in the top consumer offering massive discounts. 

Speculators increased their bullish positions on COMEX gold and cut them in silver contracts in the week to April 14, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday. 

Palladium rose 2.4% to $2,207.81 per ounce, while platinum fell 0.9% to $768.12 and silver eased 0.3% to $15.08.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT) 0600 Germany Producer Prices MM, YY (March)

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