Gold Views Best Month in 4 Yrs. on Virus Anxiety

Gold prices on Friday were on track for their best month in more than four years, as a weaker dollar and worries over the global economic fallout from the mounting COVID-19 cases drove investors towards the safe-haven metal.

Spot gold was steady at $1,958.99 U.S. per ounce early Friday. Bullion has risen 10% so far this month, its biggest percentage rise since February 2016. The metal was also on track for its eighth straight weekly gain.

U.S. gold futures rose 0.5% later in the morning to $1,953.

The dollar index fell 0.3% to a more-than-two-year low against its rivals after U.S. President Donald Trump suggested an election delay. A weaker dollar makes gold cheaper for holders of others currencies.

More than 17.15 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 668,419 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

A spike in COVID-19 cases in the United States has dented hopes for a quick economic recovery, driving inflows into safe-haven assets such as gold, which has risen more than 28% so far this year.

Gold is often used as a safe store of value during times of political and financial uncertainty.

Silver slipped 0.7% to $23.39 U.S. per ounce, platinum eased 0.2% to $901.27 U.S. and palladium dropped 0.8% to $2,065.33 U.S.