PT. Equityworld Futures – Gold held near a one-week high on speculation that investors have factored in a U.S. interest-rate increase, which may happen as early as next month.

Bullion for immediate delivery added 0.1 percent to $1,095.40 an ounce by 10:35 a.m. in London, according to Bloomberg generic pricing. It reached $1,099.63 on Friday, the highest since July 31. Futures for December delivery were little changed at $1,094.50 on the Comex.

The metal declined Friday as U.S. equities and a gauge of the dollar’s strength fell. U.S. employers added 215,000 jobs in July, while payroll gains in the previous two months were revised up, the Labor Department report showed. The Federal Reserve has keep rates near zero since 2008 to bolster economic growth.

Holdings in gold-backed exchange-traded products fell for the 16th time in 17 days, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Assets declined 2 metric tons to 1,511.8 tons as of Friday.

Silver for immediate delivery gained 0.7 percent to $14.9322 an ounce in London. Platinum rose 0.7 percent to $969.92 an ounce while palladium added 0.5 percent to $603.90 an ounce.

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