Gold recovering from 9-1/2 month low in previous session

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Gold rose over 1 percent on Monday, recovering from a 9-1/2 month low in the previous session, as the U.S. dollar extended losses after touching a 14-year highs touched last week. "A slightly weaker U.S. dollar saw gold prices recover some of the losses achieved earlier in the week. Buying also emerged as prices hit a key technical level," ANZ analysts said in a note. Spot gold was up 1.05 percent at $1,195.26 an ounce by 0252 GMT. The metal marked its lowest since Feb. 8 at $1,171.21 per ounce in the previous session. U.S. gold futures rose 1.43 percent to $1,195.20 per ounce. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, was down 0.76 percent at 100.720, after slipping 0.2 percent in the previous session, as U.S. Treasury yields eased from recent peaks. The metal has fallen about 7 percent so far this month on the back of a strong U.S. dollar and surging bond yields as investors bet that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's policies would spur growth and inflation. That further cemented the case for a near-term Federal Reserve interest rate hike, minutes from the Fed's early November meeting showed. A stronger greenback makes dollar-denominated gold expensive for holders of other currencies, while higher interest rates could dent the appeal of non-yielding bullion. Gold was riding on the back of dollar weakness and the support for the yellow metal sits around $1,180 an ounce, while resistance comes in $1,200, MKS PAMP Group trader Sam Laughlin said. Traders also said supply concerns in China after a directive from the People's Bank of China to limit gold import licenses, kept premiums in Shanghai around $22, driven by buoyant demand. Gold premiums in top consumer China jumped to the highest in nearly three years last week on supply worries. Demands from South East Asia is also quite good and buying at lower prices could have driven prices higher, said Cameron Alexander, an analyst with Thomson Reuters-owned metals consultancy GFMS. SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.73 percent to 885.04 tonnes on Friday from 891.57 tonnes on Wednesday. Spot gold is expected to bounce to resistance at $1,210 per ounce as it has found support at $1,172, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao. Among other precious metals, silver gained 1.6 percent to $16.75 an ounce and palladium rose 0.3 percent to $743.13 Platinum was up 1.77 percent at $919.00.

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