Gold extends biggest loss in 2 months on rising dollar, yields

Gold posted the biggest annual gain in a decade last year as the pandemic ripped through the global economy.
Gold posted the biggest annual gain in a decade last year as the pandemic ripped through the global economy.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) - Gold fell to extend the biggest drop in two months amid gains in the dollar, Treasury yields, and equities, with investors weighing President-elect Joe Biden's pledge to detail plans for huge US economic aid.

Bullion endured a switchback week as January got under way, with early gains getting overturned as a surge in Treasury yields damped the appeal of the non-interest bearing asset. That's come as the dollar recovered from its lowest level in almost three years. The S&P 500 hit another record on Friday.

Gold posted the biggest annual gain in a decade last year as the pandemic ripped through the global economy, and central banks and governments boosted stimulus. With vaccines getting rolled out, traders are weighing up the haven's prospects for 2021, although further massive support is on the way.

Biden on Friday called for trillions of dollars in immediate further aid, including increased direct payments, after a surge in coronavirus cases caused US payrolls to drop for the first time since April. He will lay out his proposals on Thursday, before taking office on Jan. 20.

Spot gold lost as much as 0.7 per cent to US$1,836.30 an ounce, and traded at US$1,838.24 at 9:08 a.m. in Singapore. It sank 3.4 per cent on Friday, the most since Nov. 9, and is now on course for a fourth daily fall. Silver declined 2.4 per cent, platinum shed 2.3 per cent and palladium retreated 0.6 per cent. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose 0.2 per cent.

Meanwhile, in US politics, the House this week will take up a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time in less than two years over his actions encouraging a mob that stormed the Capitol, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.