August 22, 2017 / 4:08 AM / a year ago

PRECIOUS-Gold falls as dollar gains; investors wary ahead of Jackson Hole meet

    * Spot gold may retest support at $1,282/oz - technicals
    * Markets wary of N.Korea response to U.S., S.Korea military
    * Palladium touches over 16-year high

 (Recasts, updates prices)
    By Apeksha Nair
    BENGALURU, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Gold prices slipped on
Tuesday, pressured by a stronger dollar, while investors focused
on North Korea tensions and remained cautious ahead of an annual
central banking meeting in Jackson Hole later this week.
    Spot gold        was down 0.4 percent at $1,285.48 an ounce,
as of 0728 GMT, after ending 0.5 percent higher in the previous
    U.S. gold futures         for December delivery fell 0.6
percent to $1,289.10 per ounce.
    "The U.S. and South Korea's military training will probably
induce some move from North Korea. I think people are getting
ready for any move so that's why gold came back up yesterday,"
said Yuichi Ikemizu, Tokyo branch manager at ICBC Standard Bank.
    The United States and South Korea began long-planned joint
military exercises on Monday, heightening tensions with North
Korea, which called the drills a "reckless" step toward nuclear
    "The dollar is a bit stronger and that's why gold is coming
off a bit. People are really kind of cautious about the market
with this North Korea and U.S. situation and also the Jackson
Hole meet later this week." 
     The dollar index       , which tracks the greenback against
a basket of six major rivals, was up 0.2 percent at 93.293.
     Investors are awaiting the U.S. Federal Reserve's annual
central bank conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this week for
clues on monetary policy outlook, with the European Central Bank
chief Mario Draghi and Fed Chair Janet Yellen set to speak at
the event.
     "Geopolitics are still flashing on trader dashboards and
they remain risk-averse. The Jackson Hole meeting is the chief
event for this, and it is pretty much safe to say that we are
very dubious about getting anything new from the meeting, but
traders still want to hedge their risk ahead of any unexpected
outcome," said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst, Think Markets.
    "We do expect a mammoth move in the gold price if there is
any kind of surprise from the ECB or the Fed," Aslam said.
    Gold is highly sensitive to rising interest rates because
they increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding
bullion, while boosting the greenback.
    Spot gold may retest a support at $1,282 per ounce, as its
correction from the Aug. 18 high of $1,300.80 has not completed,
said Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.             
    Palladium        was down 0.5 percent at $934.50 an ounce,
after earlier touching a more than 16-year high at $940.
    Silver        edged down 0.3 percent to $16.92 an ounce, and
platinum        slipped 0.1 percent to $976.60.

 (Reporting by Apeksha Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Joseph
Radford and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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