Gold headed for the first weekly advance this month as a retreat in global equities and tensions in the Middle East boosted demand for a protection of wealth, countering expectations for higher U.S. borrowing costs.
Bullion for immediate delivery rose 0.4 percent to $1,226.90 an ounce at 9:46 a.m. in Singapore, extending yesterdays 0.4 percent advance, according to Bloomberg generic pricing. The metal is 0.9 percent higher this week, rebounding from a drop on Sept. 22 to $1,208.40, the lowest since Jan. 2.
Gold remains on course for the first quarterly loss this year as the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index climbed to a four-year high. A report today may show the U.S. economy grew more than previously estimated after data yesterday showed jobless claims rose less than forecast. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates joined the first wave of U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria this week.