PRECIOUS-Gold scales near 2-week peak as dollar dips after US GDP data

* Bullion up about 1 pct to date this week

* Spot gold impartial in $1,274-$1,284 range-analyst

* Palladium jumps three pct to one-month excessive (Updates costs, provides remark)

By Brijesh Patel

April 26 (Reuters) – Gold jumped to a close to 2-week excessive on Friday, en path to its finest week in 12, because the greenback slipped on tepid inflation knowledge from america, which outweighed an total sturdy first-quarter development report.

Spot gold gained zero.eight p.c to $1,287.62 per ounce as of 11:57 EDT (1557 GMT), after hitting its highest since April 16 at $1,288.

The metallic, which reached its lowest since late December on Tuesday at $1,265.90, is up 1 p.c to date this week, and set to put up its finest weekly achieve since Feb 1.

U.S. gold futures rose zero.eight p.c to $1,289.80 an oz.

“The primary cause is the truth that greenback is pulling decrease as we speak. It’s a little bit of head-scratcher, that the greenback is so low on an important GDP quantity within the U.S.,” mentioned Bob Haberkorn, senior market strategist at RJO Futures.

“(Nonetheless) We have now be cautious about this transfer. It seems like a false constructive as a result of I count on equities to proceed to be sturdy subsequent week, pressuring the valuable metals.”

The greenback index fell, making gold cheaper for holders of different currencies, after an total sturdy U.S. first-quarter development report was overshadowed by smooth inflation knowledge.

The core private expenditures consumption worth index determine, the Federal Reserve’s most well-liked inflation gauge, elevated at solely a 1.three% price versus 1.eight% within the prior quarter.

“Additionally, there appears to be a little bit of quick masking as we’re heading in to the weekend and a few technical shopping for,” mentioned Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst with Kitco metals.

Even sturdy knowledge out of america was unlikely to vary the Federal Reserve’s financial technique, analysts mentioned.

In accordance with a Reuters ballot, main central banks are achieved tightening coverage as the worldwide development outlook has softened throughout developed and rising economies, with scant prospects for a surge in inflation.

“Regardless of a significant drop in long-term actual charges, gold costs have remained flat year-to-date as recession fears have receded since late final yr,” Goldman Sachs mentioned in a notice.

Central financial institution gold purchases have been operating sturdy this yr, which might help costs, the financial institution mentioned.

Whereas gold has fallen greater than four p.c from a peak in February, bullion’s restoration from this week’s four-month low is portray a impartial image in technical charts.

Gold seems impartial in a $1,274-$1,284 vary, and an escape might counsel a path, mentioned Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

Amongst different valuable metals, silver was up zero.eight p.c to $15.06 per ounce, whereas platinum rose 1.eight p.c to $898.05.

Palladium superior three p.c to $1,457.06 per ounce, its highest stage since March 27. (Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru Enhancing by Alistair Bell)

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