Gold range-bound as dollar, T-bond yields pick up steam

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Aug 3 (Reuters) - Gold prices traded in a tight range on Wednesday, pressured by a stronger dollar and Treasury yields as hawkish comments from U.S. Federal Reserve officials pulled the metal further away from last session's one-month peak.

Spot gold rose 0.1% to $1,761.76 per ounce by 2:37 p.m. ET (1837 GMT), seesawing in a roughly $20 range, while U.S. gold futures fell 0.7% to $1,776.4.

The dollar index rose 0.2%, making dollar-priced gold more expensive for other currency holders. U.S. 10-year Treasury yields also jumped to their highest in nearly two weeks.

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"Some Fed speakers have repeated an aggressive stance, which is keeping inflow (in gold) limited," Edward Moya, senior analyst with OANDA, said. "However, global recessionary fears are to put an end to these aggressive rate hikes, so gold should maintain a bullish trend".

San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly said on Wednesday raising interest rates by 50 basis points next month would be reasonable, if the economy evolves as expected. read more

A high interest rate environment makes bullion less appealing as it yields no interest. read more

Worsening ties between Washington and Beijing over U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan had pushed gold to its highest since July 5 on Tuesday at $1,787.79. read more

Gold is considered a safe investment amid geo-political and economic uncertainties.

Investors await U.S. jobs data due on Friday.

"Friday's employment figures are likely to offer more clarity on what the path of the Fed’s tightening is likely to be, with an upside surprise likely to reinforce expectations of a more hawkish central bank and therefore weigh down on gold," said Ricardo Evangelista, senior analyst at ActivTrades.

Spot silver rose 0.2% to $20.00 per ounce, platinum was up 0.5% to $898.21, while palladium fell 1.8% to $2,024.73.

Analysts have sharply lowered their price forecasts for platinum and palladium as the global economic slowdown reduces demand, a Reuters poll showed. read more

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Reporting by Ashitha Shivaprasad, Arundhati Sarkar and Swati Verma in Bengaluru; Editing by David Holmes and Krishna Chandra Eluri

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