April 12, 2019 / 10:11 AM / 13 days ago

PRECIOUS-Gold steady on falling dollar, eyes first weekly gain in three weeks

* Dollar on track for first weekly fall in four weeks

* Silver set for third weekly loss

* Platinum heading for fifth weekly gain (Updates prices)

By Sethuraman N R

April 12 (Reuters) - A weaker dollar helped gold prices to steady on Friday, after bullion fell more than 1 percent in the previous session, and the metal was heading for its first weekly gain in three weeks on dovish central banks and tumultuous stock markets.

Spot gold rose 0.1 percent to $1,293.87 per ounce as of 1119 GMT, after touching a one-week low on Thursday. Prices have gained 0.2 percent so far this week.

U.S. gold futures increased by 0.3 percent to $1,297 an ounce.

The dollar fell 0.4 percent against key rivals, paring gains made in the previous session, and was en route to its first weekly decline in four weeks.

“Even after the United States’ long-drawn-out trade spat with China and threats of a new trade war with the European Union, there is still not much safe-haven buying in gold,” said Jigar Trivedi, a commodities analyst at Mumbai-based Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers.

“Gold has near-term support at $1,285 and huge resistance at $1,350,” Trivedi said.

Gold saw some support from Chinese central bank buying and dovish views from major central banks. But U.S. economic data boosted the dollar and triggered a sell-off in gold on Thursday, taking down the key $1,300 level.

Weekly jobless claims in the United States fell to the lowest in nearly half a century and producer prices increased the most in five months in March.

Gold’s break below $1,300 will be seen as a negative bias in charts used by technical traders, analysts and traders said.

Gold may end its bounce around resistance at $1,297, and then retest support at $1,291, Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao said.

“Chinese demand, while remaining evident, did little to propel the yellow metal higher, rather providing an underlying level of support to restrict further declines,” MKS PAMP Group wrote in a note.

“Over the near term, price action will focus upon the 10-day moving average at $1,287, while a break below this level would potentially bring the 200-day moving average of $1,250 into play. Resistance levels initially cut in at $1,300.”

Silver was up 0.1 percent on the day at $14.97 an ounce, but down about 0.3 percent for the week, its third straight weekly drop.

Spot platinum rose about 1.4 percent to $900 per ounce, heading for its fifth straight weekly gain.

Palladium was up about 0.6 percent at $1,373.50 per ounce. (Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Dale Hudson)

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