PRECIOUS-Gold ticks up as dollar stays on back foot

    April 26 (Reuters) - Gold prices inched higher on Monday,
helped by a soft dollar ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve policy
meeting this week, while palladium held below a record peak
scaled last week.
    * Spot gold        was up 0.1% at $1,779.36 per ounce by
0127 GMT. U.S. gold futures        rose 0.1% to $1,780.10 per
    * Palladium        was up 0.1% at $2,857.01 per ounce. It
back foohad hit a record high of $2,925.14 on Friday.
    * The dollar index        nursed losses against its rivals,
making gold less expensive for other currency holders.       
    * U.S. factory activity powered ahead in early April, while
retail sales jumped to a record in March and hiring accelerated.
    * Investors poured $16.4 billion into global bond funds and
$14.9 billion into money market funds in the week ended April
21, according to Refinitiv Lipper data, as concerns about a
global rise in COVID-19 cases prompted moves towards safer
    * A partnership between miners Newmont and Barrick in Chile
said on Friday it would work with local communities to boost
development of its Norte Abierto gold-copper project despite a
setback in the courts this week.             
    * Speculators raised their bullish positions in COMEX gold
in the week to April 20, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading
Commission said on Friday.        
    * India's physical gold demand faltered last week as strict
restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 kept buyers away.
    * Zimbabwe's gold production fell 30% to 3.98 tonnes in the
first quarter of this year, central bank data showed.
    * Silver        rose 0.2% to $26.04 per ounce. Platinum
       was up 0.3% at $1,233.48. 
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0800  Germany  Ifo Expectations New       April
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 (Reporting by Shreyansi Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by
Subhranshu Sahu)