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PRECIOUS-Gold hits 2-week low on strong dollar ahead of U.S. jobs data

* Gold, silver heads for worst week in over 3 months

* U.S. non-farm payrolls due at 1230 GMT

* Dollar hits three-week high

* U.S. 10-year Treasury yield rises above 1.6% (Updates prices)

June 4 (Reuters) - Gold slipped to its lowest in more than two weeks on Friday, weighed down by a stronger dollar, while investors awaited U.S. non-farm payrolls data for May as bets over possible tapering of stimulus measures by the Federal Reserve loom.

Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,868.89 per ounce as of 0642 GMT, after hitting its lowest since May 19 at $1,855.59. Prices are down 1.8% so far this week.

U.S. gold futures were steady at $1,872.60 per ounce.

“A much stronger dollar, a rise in U.S. Treasury yields along with a combination of generally overbought conditions in gold led to a rather decent sell-off,” ED&F Man Capital Markets analyst Edward Meir said.

“We also had hints from the Fed that it could be opening up to the possibility of tightening. We still are constructive on gold and see some buying if the declines continue.”

The dollar index jumped to a three-week high against its rivals, making gold more expensive for holders of other currencies, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose to 1.63%.

Data on Thursday showed the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped below 400,000 last week, while U.S. private employers stepped up hiring in May.

The United States is weathering the pandemic and beginning to make progress toward full employment and 2% inflation, Fed Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan said.

All eyes are on U.S. jobs data due later in the day, for more cues on labour market recovery in the world’s biggest economy and near-term policy action from the Fed.

Spot gold may rise into a range of $1,886-$1,898 per ounce, as it may have completed a correction around a support at $1,853, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

Elsewhere, silver slipped 0.5% to $27.31 per ounce and was on track for the biggest weekly fall since late March.

Palladium fell 0.6% to $2,823.42 and platinum was down 0.6% at $1,150.50. (Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V and Jason Neely)

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