(Corrects paragraph 1 to say six-day winning streak and not
* BofA sees gold averaging $1,828 in 2021
* Benchmark U.S. yields hit more than four-month low
July 8 (Reuters) - Gold gained on Thursday, building on a
six-day winning streak as the U.S. dollar eased and Treasury
yields extended their slump to a more than four month low.
Spot gold was up 0.6% to $1,814.00 per ounce at 1135
GMT. U.S. gold futures were up 0.7% to $1,814.30.
The dollar index edged 0.1% lower, making gold
cheaper for other currency holders. Benchmark U.S. 10-year
Treasury yields also slipped, lowering the opportunity cost of
holding non-yielding bullion.
"The general view for gold is upwards ... and the one
obstacle in the market that prevents gold from rising and pulls
it back is the dollar. With the dollar weakening somewhat, the
metal is up again," said Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch.
He said there wasn't any "new surprise" in the minutes from
the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest monetary policy meeting,
adding the drop in bond yields was price-positive for gold.
The minutes from the Fed's June 15-16 meeting said that
"various participants" felt conditions for reducing the central
bank's asset purchases would be "met somewhat earlier than they
Gold is highly sensitive to rising U.S. interest rates,
which increase the opportunity cost of holding bullion.
"While a pick-up of inflation should bring new buyers into
the (gold) market, tighter monetary policy is set to keep the
metal within recent ranges," BofA Global Research said in a
note, forecasting gold to average $1,828 this year.
Market participants also took stock of the European Central
Bank setting a new inflation target on Thursday after an
18-month strategy review.
Elsewhere, platinum dropped 1.2% to $2,817.66 and
palladium fell 1.2%, to $1,071.52.
BofA expects platinum demand to rise, citing increased
substitution from palladium and platinum's role in the hydrogen
"We see further upside from here, especially when recent
disruptions in the auto industry subside," the bank added.
Silver was little changed at $26.11 an ounce.
(Reporting by Arundhati Sarkar in Bengalur
Additional reporting by Nakul Iyer
Editing by David Goodman, Mark Potter and David Evans)