By Gina Lee
Investing.com – Gold was down on Friday morning in Asia, holding near a three-month low as the dollar continued to strengthen over the U.S. Federal Reserve’s tightening policies.
were down 0.02% to $1,824.17 by 11:07 PM ET (3:07 AM GMT). Bullion is set for a 3.2% weekly drop, its biggest in two months.
The dollar, which normally moves inversely to gold, edged down on Friday morning.
climbed to a 20-year high. Investors are concerned about the recession caused by the tightening policies, giving the currency a boost.
Benchmark edged up on Friday.
Fed Chair called stable prices the “bedrock” of the economy, saying on Thursday that the central bank’s battle to cool inflation would “include some pain” as the impact of higher interest rates is felt. But he said the worse outcome would be the prices to continue speeding ahead.
On the data front, the released on Thursday showed a growth of 0.5% month-on-month in April, slower than the 1.6% increase in March, due to the easing pressure of rising costs for energy products.
Data released on Thursday also showed that the increased to 203,000 last week. The figure was above 195,000 forecasted by investing.com and 202,000 the previous week.
In other precious metals, was up 0.5%, but set for a fourth consecutive weekly fall. gained 0.8%, while rose 1.4% but was set for weekly losses.