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Gold set for fifth week of gains as dollar slumps vs euro

Reuters  |  LONDON 

By Shabalala

(Reuters) - Gold rose to a four-month high on Friday and was on track for a fifth straight weekly gain as the dollar fell against the euro on an agreement for a political coalition in

Spot gold was up 0.7 percent at $1,332.17 an ounce by 1253 GMT, having touched its highest since Sept. 15 at $1,333.02.

The metal is up 0.9 percent this week and set for its longest run of weekly gains since April.

U.S. gold futures were up 0.8 percent at $1,332.90.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major currencies, fell to its lowest since Sept. 11 at 91.308.

The euro jumped to a three-year high after party sources said German Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) had agreed a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations.

"This agreement of a coalition will change that situation of a hung parliament in and that is why the euro is positive, weakening the U.S. dollar, which is one of the reasons why gold is firmer this morning," said

The from helped the euro to extend gains made on Thursday after minutes from a December meeting signalled that the ECB could begin to wind down its 2.5 trillion euro ($3 trillion) stimulus programme this year.

A stronger euro potentially boosts demand for gold by making dollar-priced bullion cheaper for European investors.

Physical gold demand remained lacklustre across top Asian centres this week as buyers were put off by a rally in prices, but an approaching could reignite appeal for the

The dollar was pressured by data showing prices in the fell for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years in December amid declining costs for services.

U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) data is due later on Friday.

Among other metals, spot silver rose 1 percent to $17.13 an ounce, but was heading for its first weekly loss in five weeks.

rose 1.1 percent to touch its highest since Sept. 11 at $994.70, on track for a fifth straight weekly gain. is up 2.5 percent so far this week.

Palladium was up 0.6 percent at $1,088.60 after dropping on Thursday to a more than one-week low at $1,075.50.

(Additional reporting by in Bengaluru; Editing by and David Evans)

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 18:46 IST