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Gold on target for greatest yr in a decade

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Dec 31:
Gold edged greater on Thursday, heading for its greatest yr in a decade, as a weaker U.S. greenback outweighed stress from a prime Republican lawmaker’s comment {that a} invoice to extend U.S. pandemic help checks was unlikely to get Senate approval quickly.


* Spot
gold rose 0.1% to $1,894.66 per ounce by 0103 GMT. U.S.
gold futures climbed 0.3% to $1,899.10.

* In a blow to U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand for a rise in coronavirus aid checks to $2,000, Republican Senate Majority chief Mitch McConnell refused a fast vote on the invoice, saying it had “no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate.”

Gold has risen greater than 24% this yr, its greatest since 2010, as unprecedented stimulus measures and low-interest charges to cushion economies from the pandemic’s blow boosted the non-yielding steel’s enchantment as an inflation hedge and a protected haven.

* Bolstering the steel’s enchantment to different forex holders on Thursday, the greenback edged decrease and hit its lowest since April 2018.

* A extremely infectious coronavirus variant originating in Britain continued to unfold globally, with California reporting its first recognized case.

* In a bid to assist comprise the fast-spreading pandemic, Britain on Wednesday grew to become the primary nation to approve a vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca .

* British lawmakers authorised Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit commerce cope with the European Union on Wednesday, as either side appeared to start a brand new chapter of relations simply days earlier than their divorce turns into a actuality.

* Silver fell 0.3% to $26.54 an oz.. Platinum gained 0.1% to $1,066.91 and palladium was up 0.2% at $2,366.01.

DATA AHEAD (GMT) 1330 U.S. Weekly Initial Jobless Claims

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