Gold prices rose on Thursday, holding ground above the key $1,800/oz support level, as a weaker dollar and signs of a slowdown in the labour market recovery kept the safe-haven metal underpinned. At the same time, minutes of last month’s FOMC meeting showed that the central bank could provide more accommodation, if appropriate, by increasing the pace of purchases; or by shifting its Treasury purchases to those with a longer maturity. The precious metal has been spending the majority of the week under modest bearish pressure amid progress on vaccines, and a smooth White House transition.