November 14, 2018 / 4:41 AM / a month ago

PRECIOUS-Gold edges up as dollar dips from multi-month high

* Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust fell on Tuesday

* Spot gold may bounce to $1,211/oz -technicals (Adds quotes, updates prices)

By Eileen Soreng

Nov 14 (Reuters) - Gold prices inched up on Wednesday as the U.S. dollar retreated from a 16-month high touched earlier in the week, easing amid a surge in the euro and sterling on a draft Brexit agreement.

Spot gold rose 0.1 percent to $1,202.85 per ounce at 0657 GMT. Prices had slipped to their lowest level since Oct. 11 at $1,195.90 in the previous session.

U.S. gold futures were up 0.2 percent at $1,203.9 per ounce.

“There has been some stalling in the U.S. dollar, the rise has eased helping gold to pick up,” said John Sharma, an economist with National Australia Bank (NAB).

A weaker greenback makes dollar-denominated gold cheaper for holders of other currencies.

“We are seeing investors and speculators snapping up gold because gold has the potential to go up to $1,230 to $1,240,” Sharma added.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was down about 0.2 percent, pulling back from a 16-month high.

However, the selloff in the dollar has been due to the improved risk sentiment around a potential Brexit deal and not because of any deterioration in the fundamentals of the U.S. economy, analysts said.

The British cabinet will meet at 1400 GMT on Wednesday to consider the withdrawal agreement after Britain struck a draft divorce deal with the European Union.

The yellow metal has fallen about 12 percent since hitting a peak in April as investors bought the dollar with the U.S.-China trade war unfolding against a background of higher U.S. interest rates.

“Safe haven appeal has dimmed amidst market reports on the resumption of U.S.-China trade negotiations to avert an escalation in import duties between the world’s largest economies,” Benjamin Lu, a commodities analyst with Phillip Futures, said in a note.

“Though gold prices have shown for a slight recovery, headwinds will plague the precious metal at the 1,212 mark.”

Spot gold may bounce to $1,211 per ounce, as it has found a support around $1,195, said Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

Holdings of the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, fell 0.11 percent to 761.16 tonnes on Tuesday.

Among other precious metals, silver was up 0.1 percent to $13.99 per ounce.

Palladium fell 0.3 percent to $1,106.50 per ounce, while platinum was 0.3 percent higher at $837.40 an ounce.

Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin and Rashmi Aich

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