Gold gains as updated Brexit deal drags on US dollar

Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,296.08 per ounce as of 0403 GMT, while U.S. gold futures rose 0.4 percent to $1,295.90 an ounce.

Gold rose on Tuesday as the dollar weakened after the European Commission agreed to amendments to the UK’s Brexit deal, although gains were limited as the agreement also buoyed sentiment for riskier assets.

Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,296.08 per ounce as of 0403 GMT, while U.S. gold futures rose 0.4 percent to $1,295.90 an ounce.

The dollar was down about 0.2 percent against its major peers, making gold an attractive investment for non U.S. currency holders, while the sterling rose sharply after the Brexit deal changes.

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday agreed an updated Brexit deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May to make the agreement more palatable to UK lawmakers.

“There was a bit of move out of the U.S. dollar which lifted gold slightly,” said Kyle Rodda, a market analyst with IG Markets in Melbourne, adding there is also increased risk appetite in the market which is capping gold’s gains.

The updated Brexit deal also boosted Asian shares ahead of a vote in the British parliament on a divorce agreement.

“What would be very interesting to watch in the coming days is how the Brexit talks play out,” said Rodda, adding that a lower chance of the UK crashing out of the EU with no deal will prop up the pound and push down the dollar, supporting bullion.

Gold also found some support from increasing concerns about global growth. U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, but the recovery was not seen strong enough to alter the course of a U.S. economy that was losing momentum in early 2019.

On the technical front, gold may retest a resistance at $1,301, a break above which could lead to a gain into the range of $1,307-$1,313, according to Reuters analyst Wang Tao.

Among other precious metals, palladium was up 0.2 percent at 1,539.62 per ounce.Silver gained 0.5 percent to $15.39 per ounce, while Platinum dipped about 0.6 percent to $819.88 per ounce, after touching its lowest since Feb. 19 at $803.50 in the previous session.

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