Gold prices rose on Friday as a slightly weaker U.S. dollar and a pullback in global equities lifted demand for the safe-haven metal, while investors awaited the release of U.S. non-farm payrolls data for August.
Spot gold was up 0.4% at $1,937.84 per ounce by 0102 GMT, after falling to a near one-week low on Thursday. Bullion has declined 1.5% so far this week.
U.S. gold futures rose 0.2% to $1,942.20.
The dollar index fell 0.1% against its rivals after rising to a near one-week high in the previous session, making gold less expensive for holders of other currencies.
Asian stocks were set to open in the red on Friday, after Wall Street’s benchmarks posted their biggest one-day declines in nearly three months.
The head of the Chicago Federal Reserve on Thursday called on Congress to deliver more fiscal aid and signaled U.S. monetary policy would be eased further and interest rates kept at ultra-low levels for years to help the economy recover its pre-pandemic strength.
Lower interest rates decrease the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.
More than 26.15 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 863,863 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
U.S. weekly jobless claims fell below 1 million last week for the second time since the pandemic started, but that did not signal a strong recovery in the labor market.
Investors now await U.S. payroll figures due later in the day for further signs of labor market stagnation.
Silver gained 1.1% to $26.92 per ounce, platinum rose 0.6% to $894.97 and palladium climbed 0.5% to $2,295.98.