By Renita D. Young and Zandi Shabalala
NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold hit a four-month high on Friday and was on track for a fifth straight weekly gain as the U. S. dollar fell against the euro on an agreement for a political coalition in Germany.
Palladium hit a record high in a continued rally fuelled by tight supplies and increased demand in the automotive industry for autocatalysts in gasoline-burning vehicles.
During the session it hit a record high of $1,126.30.
Gold prices extended their rally after U. S. President Donald Trump said he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the "terrible flaws" of the 2015 nuclear deal. "This is a last chance," Trump said in a statement, which fed investor worries and boosted safe-haven demand for gold.
The dollar index <. DXY>, fell against a basket of currencies to its lowest since Sept. 8.
The euro jumped to a three-year high after party sources said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) had agreed a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations.
"The agreement is one of the first movements in a long time that people say is EU-positive. Hence the strength in the euro and gold, as well," Hussey added.
A stronger euro makes dollar-priced bullion cheaper for European investors.
Both U. S. data reports tempered inflation worries.
"It's spiking, but platinum is starting to follow it higher," he added.
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