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Gold edges higher as coronavirus worries eclipse vaccine optimism

Gold prices edged higher, after dropping over 1% in the previous session, as concerns over the economic fallout from surging Covid-19 cases outweighed positive vaccine news

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By Eileen Soreng

(Reuters) - edged higher on Thursday, after dropping over 1% in the previous session, as concerns over the economic fallout from surging COVID-19 cases outweighed positive vaccine news.

Spot gold rose 0.3% to $1,869.51 per ounce by 0339 GMT.

U.S. gold futures were 0.4% higher at $1,869.30.

"Gold traders are trying to strike a balance between a positive vaccine news versus a rising number of cases around the globe," said Margaret Yang, a strategist with DailyFx, which covers currency, commodity and index trading.

Although the vaccine may affect the medium- to long-term trend of gold prices, monetary and fiscal stimulus are needed in the near-term to shelter the global economy, Yang said.

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde signalled further support for the economy on Wednesday as the pandemic intensified in Europe, with cases expected to spike in winter.

Gold tends to benefit from widespread stimulus measures from central banks because it is considered a hedge against inflation and currency debasement.

Risk appetite has been boosted by hopes of a successful vaccine, but analysts say it may take a long time before one becomes publicly available.

have come under pressure after Monday's encouraging late-stage vaccine trial data by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech . Prices are down 4.2% so far for the week.

"The reality is we are just holding above the support levels between $1,850 and $1,860 and a breach there would introduce some pretty serious downside potential," said Michael McCarthy, chief strategist at CMC

The dollar index <.DXY> held steady near a one-week high hit on Wednesday.

Silver fell 0.1% to $24.23 per ounce. Platinum rose 0.1% to $866.25, while palladium was up 0.8% at $2,333.53.


(Reporting by Eileen Soreng and Nakul Iyer in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich & Ramakrishan M.)

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First Published: Thu, November 12 2020. 10:15 IST