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Gold prices eased on Friday as a jump in US Treasury yields forced investors to reassess their positions again after a steep retreat from a record peak earlier this week that put bullion on course for its first weekly fall since early June.
Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,950.94 an ounce by 0550 GMT. Bullion has declined 4% so far this week, its biggest weekly percentage fall since early March. US gold futures fell 0.6% to $1,959.50.
"Gold is coming under pressure due an uptick in US yields, which is causing a little bit of sell-off right now," said Edward Meir, an analyst at ED&F Man Capital Markets.
Benchmark US 10-year yields rose, after the US Treasury flooded the market with supply, setting the dollar up to stem its recent slide and potentially eroding gold demand among those holding other currencies.
Higher yields increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as bullion. Gold also largely ignored economic data from top consumer China, which missed market expectations and dented equities.
Markets kept a wary eye on a stalemate in Washington over a new stimulus package, with key US-China trade talks on Aug. 15 also on the radar.
Gold has risen over 28% this year, as unprecedented global stimulus to ease the economic blow from the pandemic pushed investors to bullion as a hedge against possible inflation and currency debasement.
"The longer-term uptrend is intact, given USD weakness and the scale of stimulus and as we expect interest rates to remain low or negative," Standard Chartered analysts said in a note.
"Price dips are likely to be viewed as buying opportunities as the macro backdrop remains favourable for gold."
Elsewhere, silver dropped 1.9% to $27.02 per ounce, set to snap a 9-week-long winning streak, down 3.8% so far. Platinum fell 0.6% to $952.01 and palladium was down 0.7% at $2,152.50.
Spot gold fell 0.6% to $1,885.81 per ounce by 0618 GMT, declining 4.3% so far in the month in what would be its worst monthly performance since November 2016. US gold futures were down 0.5% at $1,893.30.
With vast monetary easing measures put in place by the Federal Reserve pushing the dollar lower against most other currencies, gold is flying, hitting an all-time high of $1,944.71, well above its previous record of $1,921.18 seen in 2011. It later pulled back slightly.
Spot gold was down 0.4% at $1,951.24 per ounce by 0601 GMT. Prices hit an all-time high of $1,980.57 on Tuesday. U.S. gold futures rose 0.1% to $1,947.40.
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