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Gold hits near one-month high on U.S.-China trade detente

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By Verma

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Gold climbed to a near one-month high on Monday as the dollar weakened after the and agreed during the summit in Argentina to a temporary truce in their trade war.

Spot gold rose 0.7 percent to $1,230.81 per ounce at 1015 GMT, having touched its highest level since Nov. 7 at $1,232.22 earlier in the session.

U.S. gold futures gained 0.9 percent to $1,236.50 per ounce.

"The appeal of U.S. dollar as a safe haven is softening and that leads to a rising gold price," said

"This is very much as expected under the assumption that there was some sort of a positive development at the meeting in terms of the trade tensions between the U.S. and "

and agreed to halt additional tariffs in a deal that keeps their trade war from escalating as the two sides try again to resolve their differences with new talks aimed at reaching an agreement within 90 days.

This weighed on the dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, making gold cheaper for holders of other currencies.

"Bullion is likely to get a further boost if prices manage to stand firmly above $1,230 and particularly if they surpass $1,235," wrote in a note.

"In this case, there could be space for further rallies, with a first target at $1,260 and a more ambitious one at $1,300. A climb would become more likely if the reduces the number of rate hikes in 2019/2020."

Gold tends to gain when rate hike expectations recede because lower rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion and weigh on the dollar.

The U.S. currency was the preferred safe haven this year as the U.S.-trade war unfolded against a backdrop of higher U.S. interest rates, denting bullion's appeal.

In the week to Nov. 27, speculators increased their net short position in gold by 8,464 contracts to 51,828 contracts, the (CFTC) said on Friday.

"The key point is still the very bearish positioning in the futures market which is partly due to the strong U.S. dollar and the outlook for further rising interest rates. Now that we have a relief in that regard this could provide some more upside for gold in the short term," Julius Baer's Menke said.

Among other precious metals, palladium gained 0.7 percent to $1,186.50 per ounce, after having crossed the $1,200 mark for the first time on Friday.

Spot silver climbed 1.6 percent to $14.40 per ounce and platinum rose over 1 percent to $806.24 per ounce.

(Reporting by Verma in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 16:13 IST