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Gold retreats 1% as dollar regains upper hand

(Reuters) - Gold prices slipped 1% on Thursday, relinquishing some gains from the previous session, as the dollar resumed its rally fuelled by bets for more U.S. interest rate hikes.

FILE PHOTO: Gold jewellery is displayed at a shop in New Delhi, India, March 1, 2016. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Spot gold fell 1.1% to $1,641.10 per ounce, as of 0732 GMT, after rising about 2% in its biggest daily gain since March on Wednesday.

U.S. gold futures was down 1% at $1,652.50.

“The strong U.S. dollar is putting pressure on gold and commodity prices... The market is seeking certainty and stability that appears to be in short supply,” said Michael Langford, director at corporate advisory firm AirGuide.

Denting the greenback-priced bullion, the dollar index raced towards its recent 20-year high, buoyed by renewed pressure on the pound and safe-haven buying due to worries about a global slowdown.

Traditionally seen as a hedge against inflation and economic turmoil, gold prices have fallen 20% since scaling above the key $2,000 per-ounce level in March, as rapid U.S. rate hikes diminish the non-yielding metal’s appeal.

Benchmark 10-year yields also charged towards a more than a decade high. [USD/] [US/]

Gold was also bound for a sixth consecutive monthly drop.

“Investment demand has been falling... SPDR Gold ETF began the year around 975 tonnes and is currently at 940 tonnes,” said Jigar Trivedi, senior analyst currency and commodity analyst at Mumbai-based Reliance Securities. [GOL/ETF]

On the technical front “around $1,620 there is good support. In case it breaks next week, $1,580 area will be the next support,” Trivedi added.

Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said on Wednesday his baseline outlook is for the U.S. central bank to hike rates by three-quarters of a percentage point at its November policy meeting and by half a percentage point in December.

Spot silver shed 1.8% to $18.55 per ounce, platinum dropped 2% to $845.85, while palladium edged 0.2% higher to $2,159.35.

Reporting by Eileen Soreng and Ashitha Shivaprasad in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips and Subhranshu Sahu

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