Jan 25 (Reuters) - Gold prices on Thursday edged to their
highest since August, 2016, buoyed as the U.S. dollar hit
three-year lows after comments by U.S. Treasury secretary Steven
Mnuchin that he welcomed a weaker currency.
Spot gold had risen 0.2 percent to $1,361.10 per
ounce by 0258 GMT, after hitting its highest since Aug. 5, 2016
U.S. gold futures were up 0.3 percent at $1,360.60
The dollar slumped after Mnuchin told the World Economic
Forum in Davos on Wednesday that "obviously a weaker dollar is
good for us as it relates to trade and opportunities". His
comments were seen by markets as a departure from traditional
U.S. currency policy.
"Investors were more than willing to pay hefty insurance
premia as a hedge against the inflationary impacts from a
hapless dollar," said Stephen Innes, APAC head of trading at
"With traders' base case scenario to sell the dollar at all
costs, gold prices should remain well supported on dips and
could be poised to move even higher on the next U.S. dollar
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