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Gold retreats as upbeat U.S. retail sales strengthen dollar

Gold retreated on Tuesday from a more than five-month peak as upbeat U.S. retail sales data for October strengthened the dollar, making the metal more expensive for holders of other currencies.

Spot gold fell 0.6% to $1,851.80 per ounce by 13:41 ET (1841 GMT), having earlier hit $1,876.90, its highest since June 14.

U.S. gold futures settled 0.7% lower at $1,854.10.

Retail sales in the United States accelerated more than expected last month, giving the economy a lift at the start of the fourth quarter and sending the dollar to a 16-month high.

The report shows consumption can handle high prices and remains pretty strong, which is positive for risk appetite, said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at brokerage OANDA.

“This was a pretty strong retail sales beat so there are mounting risks to the outlook. It will be a slower grind higher (for gold), but we should still have the all-clear for a move towards $1,900,” Moya said.

Gold has added more than 2% since last Tuesday after data showed U.S. consumer prices surged in October.

“The notion that U.S. inflation has yet to peak should keep bullion well bid, as long as the Fed doesn’t veer from its patient approach to any rates lift off,” said Han Tan, chief market analyst at Exinity.

Richmond Federal Reserve President Thomas Barkin said on Monday the Fed will not hesitate to raise interest rates, but the central bank should wait to gauge if inflation and labor shortages prove to be more long-lasting.

Rate hikes tend to weigh on gold, as they push bond yields up, raising the metal’s opportunity cost.

Silver fell 0.9% to $24.81 per ounce and platinum dropped 2.2% to $1,063.50. Palladium was up 0.5% at $2,163.93, hitting its highest in a month. (Reporting by Bharat Govind Gautam, Arundhati Sarkar and Nakul Iyer in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni and Vinay Dwivedi)

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