Gold dips below one-month high on dollar, European shares
London (Jan 12) Gold retreated from a one-month high on Monday, as the dollar and shares rose, but doubts over the likely timing of an increase in US interest rates this year were seen likely to bolster investment demand in the short term.
US nonfarm payrolls data on Friday showed US wages posted their biggest decline in at least eight years in December, even though payrolls increased by a brisk 252,000.
The data added to speculation the Federal Reserve would be cautious in raising in faising interest rates, which could help non-interest-bearing gold.
Spot gold climbed to its highest since Dec. 11 at $1,231 an ounce, before edging 0.1 percent lower to $1,221.60 by 1019 GMT. The metal posted its biggest weekly gain since June last week at 2.9 percent, also snapping a three-week decline.