Gold gains as Treasury yields dip from highs

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FILE PHOTO: A worker places gold bullion on display at Hatton Garden Metals precious metal dealers in London

By Kavya Guduru

(Reuters) - Gold prices rose in thin trade on Thursday, giving up earlier losses as the U.S. Treasury yields eased from one-month highs, offsetting pressure from a firm dollar.

Spot gold was last up 0.5% at $1,813.16 per ounce by 1347 EDT (1847 GMT), while U.S. gold futures settled up 0.5% at $1,814.10.

"We're in an extremely low-volume holiday-type trading. I think gold is comfortable right around either side of $1,800," said Phillip Streible, chief market strategist at Blue Line Futures in Chicago.

Gold prices could find more of a direction with volumes expected to pick up into next week, Streible added.

Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields dipped from one-month highs with no major catalysts to drive market direction and many traders out before the New Year's holiday. This reduced the opportunity cost of holding bullion which pays no interest. [US/] [USD/]

Gold prices are down about 5% so far this year and on track for their biggest fall since 2015, as economies recovered from the impact of the pandemic, reducing demand for safe-haven bullion.

Prices hit a one-month high on Tuesday but slipped to a one-week low in the next session.

The back and forth seen over the last two days is less to do with any fundamental catalyst and is more an example of the market being very thin, meaning volatility is amplified, DailyFX currency strategist Ilya Spivak said.

Limiting bullion's gains, U.S. stocks rebounded on renewed risk appetite as a drop in weekly jobless claims allayed fears over the economic damage from a rampant surge in COVID-19 infections in the United States. [.N]

Spot silver gained 0.8% to $22.98 an ounce, platinum was down 0.6% at $961.94 and palladium rose 0.1% to $1,984.31.

(Reporting by Kavya Guduru and Seher Dareen in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Ashitha Shivaprasad; Editing by Alison Williams and Maju Samuel)

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