• Central bank heads’ comments pressure dollar, lift gold
  • Silver rises to 2-1/2-month high
  • Geopolitical risks continue to underpin bullion

Gold rallied to a 9-1/2-month high on Monday, breaching $1,300 per ounce as the dollar fell and the euro rose after the head of the European
Central Bank (ECB) said that the euro zone’s economic recovery had taken hold at a meeting of central bankers.

At the meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the ECB’s Mario Draghi said the bank’s ultra-loose monetary policy was working
and the euro zone’s economic recovery had taken hold, refraining from commenting on the euro’s recent strength.

That pushed the euro to its highest in more than 2-1/2 years against the U.S. dollar, while the dollar index fell to its lowest since May 2016.

“Draghi did not refer to the strong euro being a brake on policy normalization – this is what triggered the rally in the euro and the price reaction in gold mirrors what the currencies did,” Julius Baer analyst Carsten Menke said.

Spot gold rose 1.4 percent at $1,309.25 an ounce by 2:01 p.m. EDT (1801 GMT), after rising to its highest since early November at $1,309.98.

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