Morning: Gold Increased on Weak Dollar, Lower Equities


(Reuters) – On Monday, Gold increased, gaining support from the weak dollar and lower equity markets as pressure in emerging markets persist, but the absence of leading buyer China for the Lunar New Year holiday kept prices in check.

Growing markets, financial growth in the United States and the government Reserve’s move to taper incentive are likely to remain the major drivers in the short term, analysts said.

BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Michael Widmer said “The big topic right now is appearing markets troubles, which drew gold charges up over the past few weeks and if the immediate risk approaching from that subsides, charges could gold a little bit lower,”

Spot gold increased 0.2% at $1,246.30 an ounce by 1054 GMT. Bullion broke five weeks of improvement last week, dropping 2%, but posted a 3.2% gain in January, the first monthly boost in five, due to weakness in international equities grabbed by concerns over emerging economies.

U.S. gold futures for February delivery rose 0.5% at $1,245.80 an ounce.

European portions fell, hurt by facts and figures displaying China’s economy losing impetus, while growing force for another principle easing in Europe shoved the euro to 10-week lows.

The dollar catalogue, which recorded its best monthly gain in 8 months in January, was down 0.2% against a basket of currencies.

The United States issues its manufacturing buying managers’ index report on Monday to gauge the strength of the economy, while the aim will be Friday’s U.S. nonfarm payrolls report.

As a gauge of shareholder interest, hedge capital and cash managers increased their snare long places in gold futures and choices for a fifth successive week, and slashed their long places in shiny in the week to Jan. 28, data from the product Futures swapping Commission displayed on Friday.

China Holidays

Markets in China, the world’s large-scale purchaser of bullion, are closed until Friday, while Hong Kong, a foremost trading hub, is close on Monday.

Shanghai premiums for gold bars over the London location price had dropped to $4 an ounce just before the vacation from over $20 at the beginning of the month, showing a drop in buying interest.