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PRECIOUS-Gold eases on buoyant dollar as U.S. stimulus bets fade
Published at 15/10/2020 at 09:02

* Gold to trade in the range of $1,880-$1,920/oz in near-term - analyst

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(Updates prices)

By Eileen Soreng

Oct 15 (Reuters) - Gold edged lower on Thursday as the dollar gained after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin dashed hopes for a new fiscal stimulus package before the presidential election.

Spot gold fell 0.1% to $1,899.57 per ounce by 740 GMT, after rising as much as 1.2% on Wednesday.

U.S. gold futures were down 0.2% to $1,903.90 per ounce.

"The (gold) market is still treading water waiting for further clarity on what stimulus package may be needed in the United States," said Cameron Alexander, manager of precious metals research at Refinitiv Metals Research.

"Gold will rise once the details of a possible stimulus package become available, but that may not happen for a while."

Mnuchin's said he and democrat lawmakers were "far apart" on a coronavirus economic relief package, and that a deal would be hard to reach before the Nov. 3 election, prompting investors to seek the safety of the dollar.

The dollar is still regarded as a safe haven and is holding gold prices down, Refinitiv's Alexander added.

Gold, considered a hedge against inflation and currency debasement, has climbed 25% this year amid unprecedented levels of global stimulus to ease the economic blow from the pandemic.

"Gold should resume its longer-term rally after the election

into the end of the year," said Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at OANDA, adding that the metal was likely to trade between $1,880 and $1,920 in the near-term.

Fuelling further concerns about an economic recovery, some European nations are closing schools, cancelling surgery and enlisting student medics as COVID-19 cases surge.

Silver fell 0.7% to $24.10 per ounce and platinum

slipped 0.1% to $855.93, while palladium rose 0.2% to $2,349.98.

(Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Rashmi Aich)

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