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Gold hit a three-week high on Tuesday, spurring gains for all precious metals, as the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields moved further from multi-year highs and revived appeal for the zero-yielding bullion.

Spot gold rose 0.5% to $1,707.20 per ounce by 0725 GMT, having earlier touched its highest since Sept. 13 at $1,710.39.

U.S. gold futures were up 0.9% to $1,717.60.

The dollar index fell by 0.5%, making gold cheaper for overseas buyers, and the U.S. 10-year Treasury yields also retreated.

The weakening dollar index and worries over a recession in the U.S. and Europe are driving interest back into gold, said Sugandha Sachdeva, vice president of commodity and currency research at Religare Broking, adding renewed inflows into gold exchange-traded funds (ETF) show revived confidence.

Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed ETF, saw its biggest one-day inflow since June on Monday.

The focus has turned to U.S. non-farm payrolls due later this week for signals on the Federal Reserve’s rate-hike path.

Economic data on Monday showed a slowdown in manufacturing activity, hinting at the impact of the Fed’s aggressive policy tightening.

“The (gold) market may stabilise anywhere between $1,685 and $1,705 ahead of the jobs data,”

Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management, said.

Although gold is seen as a hedge against economic uncertainties, U.S. rate hikes increased the opportunity cost of holding bullion that pays no interest.

Spot silver climbed 1% to $20.96 per ounce, having earlier hit a peak since June.

“Silver was very undervalued for a long time and now, as risk sentiment is returning to the market, we are seeing a lot of buying interest coming back,”

Religare’s Sachdeva said, adding green energy initiatives are expected to support demand for the metal.

Palladium jumped as much as 4.2% and was last up 3.3% at $2,294.79, while platinum was 1.2% higher at $912.85.

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