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Gold holds near four-month high as investors seek to hedge risks

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By Peter Hobson

(Reuters) - Gold prices were near their highest in four months on Thursday as a dip in stocks and recent gains in commodity prices encouraged investors to hold bullion as against a correction and rising

Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,319.38 an ounce at 1157 GMT after touching $1,326.56 on Wednesday, the highest since Sept. 15.

U.S. gold futures were flat at $1,319.80 an ounce.

Gold has rallied by more than $80 since a low in mid-December, helped by a weakening of the dollar that has made bullion cheaper for holders of other currencies.

It was boosted on Wednesday after a report that would slow or stop U.S. bond purchases pushed the dollar sharply lower against the yen and raised speculation that could buy gold.

The dollar however recouped some losses on Thursday after China's regulator dismissed the report.

Gold prices will struggle to rise much further in the short term, said

"We see gold higher this year but after a $80 rally from the December low it really is in need of a correction to test the strength of this move," he said.

Several factors were supporting prices, including a dip in share prices this week following a spectacular rally.

"A highly-anticipated correction is providing support on dips which continues to support the bullish gold narrative," said

"Rising and strong growth also suggest gold will remain supported as investors look for protection," he said.

were near three-year highs on Thursday and industrial metals such as copper and aluminium were close to multi-year peaks, driving up the cost of goods and services.

Demand for gold in would also be strong ahead of the holiday beginning on Feb. 15, said

"As Chinese seasonal buying picks up, the down-side should remain supported into February. We feel that a $1,300-1,335 range should hold or the short term," he said in a note.

On the technical side, fibonacci resistance was at $1,329 and support was at $1,311.40 with momentum indicators suggesting prices could rise further, analysts at ScotiaMocatta said in a note.

Among other metals, spot silver was up 0.4 percent at $17.01 an ounce from a two week low of $16.86 on Wednesday.

Platinum was 0.6 percent higher at $976.60 an ounce after touching $976.90, the highest since Sept. 15.

Palladium was 0.3 percent lower at $1,079.72, down from a record high of $1,111.40 on Tuesday.

(Additional reporting by in Bengaluru; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 18:11 IST