Softer Dollar Helps Hold Gold

Precious metals began this week holding firm with spot prices up an average of 0.5 percent on Monday. Silver and the PGMs rose an average of 0.7 percent at the week's start, and gold prices held to $1,230.67 per ounce.

In international markets, the U.Ss ten-year treasuries held firmer at 2.36 percent. Spot pricing on Brent crude oil is up 0.7 percent. The dollar index is at 98.60, failing to find gains even through the better-than-anticipated U.S. employment report. Last Friday's low was 98.54.

In equities, the Hang Seng and ASX 200 are up 0.5 percent. The CSI 300 dropped 1.1 percent, while the Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.3 percent, and the Euro Stoxx 50 gained 0.9 percent. The Nikkei and Kospi also closed in positive territory, up 2.4 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.