Gold firms near 4-1/2-month peak on weaker U.S. dollar, yields

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Gold bars being cast at a plant by Gulidov Krasnoyarsk Non-Ferrous Metals Plant in Russia.

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Gold prices held firm near a 4-1/2-month high on Wednesday as a drop in U.S. Treasury yields and a weaker dollar supported the safe-haven metal.

Fundamentals

Spot gold was steady at $1,899.11 per ounce by 0041 GMT, after hitting its highest since Jan.8 at $1,899.11 on Tuesday.

U.S. gold futures edged 0.1% higher to $1,899.60 per ounce.

The dollar index was pinned near a 4-1/2-month low against its rivals, making gold cheaper for other currency holders.

Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields fell to a two-week low of 1.56% overnight, reducing the opportunity cost of holding non-interest bearing gold.

U.S. consumer confidence hovered at a 14-month high in May as optimism over jobs tempered concerns about rising inflation and diminishing government financial support.

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