Gold Prices Hit 1-Month High As Russia-Ukraine Crisis Dampens Risk Appetite

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New Delhi: Gold prices rose on Monday to their highest since mid-March, as the Russia-Ukraine crisis soured risk sentiment.

Spot gold was up 0.5% at $1,984.51 per ounce, as of 0445 GMT, hitting its highest since March 14. U.S. gold futures were up 0.7% at $1,988.10.

Restraining advances in zero-yield gold on Monday, yields on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note firmed to their highest since December 2018.

Spot gold may rise into a range of $1,998 to $2,012, as it has pierced above a resistance at $1,984 per ounce, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

China’s economic activity slowed in March, with weakness in consumption, property and exports eclipsing faster-than-expected first-quarter GDP growth, suggesting a worsening in the outlook as sweeping COVID-19 curbs and the Ukraine war take a toll.

Spot silver rose 0.4% to $25.79 per ounce, platinum gained 1.1% to $1,000.82, and palladium climbed 1.6% to $2,406.93.

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