* Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,897.01 per ounce, as of 0054 GMT. U.S. gold futures rose 0.4% to $1,898.10.
* Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields eased, increasing the appeal of holding non-yielding gold.
* Gold prices were headed for a second straight weekly loss and their biggest monthly percentage drop since September 2021 of about 2.1%.
* The dollar steadied near a 20-year high it hit against rivals in the previous session. A stronger dollar makes greenback-priced gold less attractive for other currency holders.
* On Thursday, the dollar’s strength played a part in pushing gold prices to their lowest in more than two months before bullion reversed its course.
* Fed officials have aligned around plans to accelerate the pace of interest rate hikes this year but remain split over what could be the make-or-break decision of where to stop to avoid dragging the economy into recession.
* Higher short-term U.S. interest rates tend to increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.
* Spot silver gained 0.2% to $23.17 per ounce, platinum dipped 0.1% to $918.67, and palladium rose 0.6% to $2,245.34. All were set for monthly falls.
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