PRECIOUS-Gold slips as risk appetite improves

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    July 22 (Reuters) - Gold inched lower on Thursday, as the
dollar remained strong and investors looked past economic
threats from rising cases of the Delta coronavirus variant and
opted for riskier assets instead.
    
    FUNDAMENTALS
    * Spot gold  XAU=  was down 0.1% at $1,801.82 per ounce, as
of 0040 GMT, after hitting a more than one-week low of $1,793.59
in the previous session.
    * U.S. gold futures  GCv1  eased 0.1% at $1,801.90 per
ounce.
    * The dollar index  .DXY  held close to a 3-1/2-month peak
against its rival, making gold more expensive for holders of
other currencies.  USD/ 
    * Markets added to gains on Wednesday and yields climbed due
partly to positive corporate earnings, as investors largely
overlooked apprehension about the Delta coronavirus variant and
inflation.  MKTS/GLOB   .N   US/ 
    * The yield on 10-year Treasury notes  US10YT=RR  continued
their bounce from five-month lows following a weak 20-year bond
auction. Higher bond yields increase the opportunity cost of
holding non-interest bearing gold.
    * The European Central Bank is all but certain to promise an
even longer period of stimulus on Thursday to make good on its
commitment to boost inflation.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL4N2OX1SP
    * U.S. President Joe Biden said the current uptick in
consumer prices will be short lived as the U.S. economy emerges
from the global COVID-19 crisis, adding that his economic plan
will reduce inflation over the long term.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nW1N2O4051
    * U.S. Senate Republicans blocked a move to open debate on
Wednesday on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure
that is a top priority for President Biden.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2OX1G7
    * Silver  XAG=  was steady at $25.23 per ounce, palladium
 XPD=  rose 0.3% to $2,661.17, and platinum  XPT=  was flat at
$1,079.99. 

        
DATA/EVENTS (GMT) 
0645  France  Business Climate Mfg   July
1145  EU      ECB Refinance Rate     July
1145  EU      ECB Deposit Rate       July
1230  US      Initial Jobless Claim  Weekly
1400  US      Existing Home Sales    June
1400  EU      Consumer Confid. Flash July

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