* Speculation grows of aggressive central bank easing
* Silver set for second week of gains
* Gold may fall into $1,483-$1,503/oz range - techs
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By Eileen Soreng
Aug 16 (Reuters) - Gold fell 1% on Friday, weighed down by gains
in the equity markets and the dollar, but fears of a global recession
and lack of clarity on the U.S.-China trade war kept bullion on track
for a third straight weekly gain.
Spot gold was down 0.6% at $1,513.66 per ounce as of 1231 GMT,
but is up 1% so far this week.
U.S. gold futures fell 0.4% to $1,524.30.
"Positive risk-on sentiment has tried to make a return...
There is some demand for the dollar and some confidence over the
health of the U.S. economy especially after yesterday's impressive
retail sales figure. All this is weakening demand for gold
today," said FXTM analyst Lukman Otunuga.
World stocks rose as China hinted at more support for its economy,
amid growing expectations of aggressive stimulus from all the major
Also weighing on gold was gains in the dollar after data showing
U.S. retail sales surged in July helped assuage some fears of a
However, key macro fundamentals supporting the appetite for gold
remain firmly intact, with lower interest rates across the globe and
many central banks jumping aboard the global policy easing bandwagon,
Bullion has risen more than $100 since the beginning of the month
amid the heightened trade tensions and a slew of disappointing
economic data globally.
Earlier this week, 10-year Treasury yields dropped below the
2-year yield for the first time in 12 years. Curve inversion is widely
considered a warning that the economy is headed for recession.
On the trade front, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday
he believed China wanted to make a trade deal and that the dispute
would be fairly short.
This comes after Beijing vowed to counter the latest tariffs on
Chinese goods but called on Washington to meet it halfway on a
"There are major fundamental questions to be resolved between
the two sides and that is making people hesitant of reaching a
conclusion (on the talks)," Capital Economics analyst Ross
Investors will now focus on the Federal Reserve's annual symposium
next week for further hints on monetary easing. Traders see about a
one-in-three chance of a 50 basis-point rate cut by the Fed this
On the technical side, spot gold may fall into a range of
$1,483-$1,503 per ounce, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang
Elsewhere, silver fell 0.4% to $17.19 per ounce, but was on
track for a second consecutive weekly gain.
Platinum fell 0.4% to $835.56 an ounce, while palladium was
steady at $1,444.95 an ounce.
(Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Potter)
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