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Gold range-bound as markets eye Ukraine crisis, Fed policy stance

Spot gold was flat at $1,943.33 per ounce by 0740 GMT. U.S. gold futures were up 0.3% at $1,942.40

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Reuters
By Asha Sistla
(Reuters) - Gold prices were in a range-bound trade on Thursday, as markets exercised caution over the Russia-Ukraine conflict and ahead of U.S. inflation data that could offer fresh clues about the policy stance from the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Spot gold was flat at $1,943.33 per ounce by 0740 GMT. U.S. gold futures were up 0.3% at $1,942.40.
"The war has dragged on for a long time and resolution seems close and people are looking at what the Fed has come now to speak about - they want to actually tackle high inflation, which means the interest rate is going to go up quite quickly this year ... So the market is trying to digest what is going to be more pressing moving forward," said Brian Lan, managing director at dealer GoldSilver Central.
"Gold prices have actually been range-bound for a while, we've seen the support at $1,917 and resistance at $1,950."
Investors continued to assess the outlook for U.S. interest rates and awaited key U.S. weekly jobless claims data, a measure of the country's economic health, due at 1230 GMT.
Ukraine's leader called for solidarity on Thursday, a month since Russia's invasion began.
Gold prices advanced to near record highs earlier this month, but then saw a steady decline heading into a key U.S. central bank policy meeting last week. They have since moved into a more steady range. [FEDWATCH]
Yields on the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury hit their highest in nearly three years on Wednesday, increasing the opportunity cost of holding zero-yield bullion. [US/]
Holdings of the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust rose 0.4% to 1,087.66 tonnes on Wednesday -its highest since Feb. 26, 2021. [GOL/ETF]
In other metals, spot silver XAG= was up 0.1% at $25.08 per ounce, platinum XPT= fell 0.5% to $1,015.24 and palladium XPD= rose 0.6% to $2,526.52.
 
(Reporting by Asha Sistla in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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First Published: Mar 24 2022 | 3:37 PM IST

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