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Gold dips on profit taking; analysts predict a rebound

LONDON (Reuters) - Gold prices dipped on Friday as some investors locked in profits at the end of the week, but there are expectations that they could move higher next week.

FILE PHOTO - A sales person shows a gold ring to customers at a jewellery showroom during Dhanteras, a Hindu festival associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, in Ahmedabad, India, October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File photo

Spot gold XAU= was down 0.1 percent at $1,289.81 per ounce by 1455 GMT, with the price down 0.3 percent for the week.

U.S. gold futures GCcv1 for December delivery dipped 0.2 percent to $1,289.90.

“I think gold will move back towards $1,300 next week or the week after, maybe on the back of dollar weakness,” said Georgette Boele, commodity strategist at ABN AMRO in Amsterdam.

“There are still some longs in the market, so there’s more technical momentum as they try to push prices up again to see what happens in the last weeks of the year.”

Boele said gold was supported by the release of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s minutes on Wednesday, regarded as “dovish” and which lowered market expectations slightly of a March rate hike.

A December rate hike has already been priced in.

“Investor appetite (for gold) is low even after slightly more dovish-than-expected Fed minutes. There just has not been enough to entice investors back into the market in great amounts,” ANZ analyst Daniel Hynes said.

The Fed’s cautious view of inflation could lead to a longer period of low interest rates which provides a solid platform for gold investment, said Cameron Alexander, an analyst with Thomson Reuters-owned metals consultancy GFMS.

Higher interest rates tend to boost the dollar and push bond yields up, putting pressure on gold prices by increasing the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.

The buying of physical gold remained thin in major Asian centres this week as higher prices dented demand, though seasonal demand was expected to boost activity in top consumer China next month.

Among other precious metals, silver XAG= added 0.3 percent to $17.11 an ounce and platinum XPT= gained 1 percent to $942.30 an ounce.

Palladium XPD= dipped 0.9 percent to $1,002.05 an ounce after hitting a two-week high of $1,013.70 in the previous session.

“I would be very careful with palladium, especially at these levels with the market long,” Boele said. “The fundamentals are good, but I still think it’s overpriced.”

Silver slipped 1.1 percent for the week and is poised for its first weekly decline in three. Platinum lost 0.9 percent, on track for its first weekly fall in four. Palladium climbed 0.9 percent, its first weekly rise in three.

Additional reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru; Editing by Greg Mahlich/Keith Weir