April 4, 2011 / 12:52 AM / 9 years ago

PRECIOUS-Gold inches up on firm euro, high oil prices

 SINGAPORE, April 4 (Reuters) - Spot gold edged up on Monday,
supported by a firm euro on expectations that the European
Central Bank will raise interest rates this week and strong oil
 * Spot gold inched up 0.2 percent to $1,430.39 an
ounce by 0028 GMT, after ending the first quarter with a minor
0.7 percent gain.	
 * U.S. gold futures GCv1 also edged up 0.2 percent to
 * Spot silver rose to as high as $38.03 earlier, just
10 cents off a 31-year high of $38.13 hit on March 24. It was
trading at $38.01, up 0.7 percent from the previous close.	
 * Strong U.S. employment data underpinned the optimism about
the economic recovery in the world's largest economy, dampening
sentiment in gold, seen as a safe-haven investment during times
of economic uncertainty. [ID:nNOAT00477]	
 * U.S. crude prices extended gains in early Asian trade on
Monday as geopolitical unrest in the Middle East and Africa
stoked concerns about oil supply. 	
 * Speculators in gold futures and options raised their net
long positions as prices rose to fresh records last week, data
from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed.
 * Harmony Gold , the world's fifth largest gold
miner, said on Friday that a mine in South Africa it had shut
after a fatality this week is likely to reopen on Tuesday.
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 * U.S. stocks started a traditionally healthy month on
strong footing on Friday after solid jobs figures, but the S&P
500 may need help to break to new multi-year highs. 	
 * The euro hit fresh 11-month highs against a broadly weaker
yen early in Asia on Monday and held firm against the dollar
with markets all but certain the European Central Bank will
raise interest rates this week. 	
0900  EZ      Producers prices                            Feb	
1400  US      Employment trend index                      March	
1915  US      Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke speaks 	
 Precious metals prices 0028 GMT
  Metal             Last    Change  Pct chg  YTD pct chg    Volume
  Spot Gold        1430.39    2.41   +0.17      0.77
  Spot Silver        38.01    0.27   +0.72     23.17
  Spot Platinum    1769.74    4.74   +0.27      0.13
  Spot Palladium    775.25    5.30   +0.69     -3.03
  TOCOM Gold       3877.00   20.00   +0.52      3.97        28144
  TOCOM Platinum   4826.00   35.00   +0.73      2.77         5157
  TOCOM Silver      102.90    1.60   +1.58     27.04          821
  TOCOM Palladium  2113.00   45.00   +2.18      0.76          166
  COMEX GOLD JUN1  1431.70    2.80   +0.20      0.72         1586
  COMEX SILVER MAY1  38.05    0.31   +0.83     22.96         1765
  Euro/Dollar       1.4256
  Dollar/Yen         84.13
  TOCOM prices in yen per gram. Spot prices in $ per ounce.
  COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months
 (Reporting By Rujun Shen; Editing by Himani Sarkar)	
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