Reuters

KEY POINTS
Silver also on track for best week since November 2021
Dollar set for largest weekly fall in 8 months
U.S. retail sales data due at 1330 GMT
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Gold prices were holding near a more than one-week high on Friday, supported by a retreating U.S. dollar and lower Treasury yields as markets awaited economic data to gauge the pace of upcoming U.S. rate increases

Spot gold was steady at $1,821.60 per ounce by 1228 GMT, after earlier reaching a week’s high of $1,828.92. U.S. gold futures were up 0.1% to $1,822.80

Bullion has risen by about 1.4% so far this week, the most since Nov. 1

“The fact that the U.S. inflation numbers weren’t as high as people were thinking, might be in gold’s favor,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK, adding that a weaker dollar and falling yields for the week have helped push gold higher

Non-yielding bullion is considered an inflationary hedge. It also benefits from dollar weakness that makes it cheaper for holders of other currencies.

Federal Reserve policymakers this week signaled they will start raising U.S. interest rates in March to fight inflation.

Investors await U.S. economic data including retail sales later in the day, after the December CPI data came in line with expectations

The dollar fell to its lowest in more than two months, while the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields face their first weekly dip in four

“There is strength in the market but at the same time there is a key level of resistance at $1,830 that gold will struggle to break because it would need further dollar weakness or further easing in the bond markets for that to happen,” said Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen

Spot silver fell 0.1% to $23.05 an ounce and was en route to its best week in two months