Gold fell, extending the biggest weekly loss since April, as prospects for the first U.S. interest rate rise since 2006 helped to push the dollar to a one-month high. Silver, platinum and palladium declined.
Bullion for immediate delivery lost as much as 0.3 percent to $1,202.95 an ounce and traded at $1,203.45 at 8:54 a.m. in Singapore, Bloomberg generic pricing showed. The metal dropped 1.5 percent last week, the most since the period to April 24.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen still expects to raise rates this year if the economy meets her forecasts. Inflation is moving toward the Fed’s 2 percent target after a report on Friday showed core consumer prices climbed 0.3 percent in April, the biggest gain in two years. While a pickup in inflation can boost demand for bullion as a hedge, higher borrowing costs cut the allure of the metal, which generally only provides returns through price gains.
The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index rose as much as 0.2 percent to 1,181.92 on Monday, the highest since April 27. The gauge rallied 2.6 percent last week, the most since September 2011.
Gold for August delivery traded at $1,203.80 an ounce on the Comex in New York from $1,204.90 on Friday. Most-active prices declined 1.7 percent last week. Silver for immediate delivery fell 0.3 percent to $17.0583, dropping for a second day.