PRECIOUS-Gold steady as dollar retreat offsets firmer Treasury yields

BY Reuters | TREASURY | 05/16/22 09:22 PM EDT
       May 17 (Reuters) - Gold prices were steady on Tuesday as a
pullback in the dollar supported demand for greenback-priced
bullion, although the metal's strength was partially offset by a
recovery in U.S. Treasury yields.

    FUNDAMENTALS
    * Spot gold        held its ground at $1,825.66 per ounce,
as of 0046 GMT. U.S. gold futures        gained 0.6% to
$1,825.00.
    * The dollar        index moved lower for a second straight
session, having hitting a 20-year peak last week, with the
global economy in focus after weak economic data from China
highlighted worries about the prospects for a global
slowdown.
    * A weaker dollar makes gold more attractive for buyers
holding other currencies.
    * However, benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields climbed,
limiting demand for non-interest-bearing gold.
    * Gold rose slightly on Monday as a fall in Treasury yields
lifted prices after they slid to a 3-1/2-month low earlier in
the day.
    * Spot silver        was flat at $21.59 per ounce, and
platinum        edged up 0.1% to $946.85, while palladium
fell 0.4% to $2,018.15.
    * Improving demand and lower supply will help palladium and
rhodium swing back into deficit this year and reduce platinum's
surplus, consultants Metals Focus said on Monday.


    DATA/EVENTS (GMT)
    0600   UK    Claimant Count Unem Chng  Apr
    0600   UK    ILO Unemployment Rate     Mar
    0900   EU    GDP Flash Estimate QQ/YY  Q1
    1230   US    Retail Sales MM           Apr
    1315   US    Industrial Production MM  Apr
    1700   Speech by ECB president Christine Lagarde at event
    organised by Soroptimist International - Club Darmstadt in
    Darmstadt Germany
    1800   Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell participates in
    conversation before the Wall Street Journal Future of
    Everything Festival


 (Reporting by Bharat Govind Gautam in Bengaluru; Editing by
Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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