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July 18, 2017

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Gold climbs

Gold climbs

London

Gold climbed on Monday and was likely to see further gains after the dollar slumped to multi-month lows on the back of data that pointed to weak U.S. inflation and less prospect of rate hikes.

"The dollar continues to be on the back foot and yields have dropped back somewhat from their relatively elevated positioning lately," said analyst Jonathan Butler at Mitsubishi in London.  Spot gold was up 0.5 percent at $1,234.59 per ounce at 1200 GMT while U.S. gold futures for August delivery rose 0.5 percent to $1,233.90 per ounce.

"If gold remains at $1,230 or goes higher, there´s an elevated risk that some of those short positions might start to be reversed and that would give some further upside to gold," Butler added.  Recent soft U.S. inflation and domestic demand figures undermined arguments for the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, with traders cutting back their bets on the likelihood of an increase in December.

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