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PRECIOUS-Gold gains as rising virus cases, pullback in U.S. yields lift demand

    * Investors await raft of U.S. economic data this week
    * Palladium hit record high on Friday over supply concerns
    * Dollar eases off near two-week peak

 (Updates prices)
    By Shreyansi Singh
    May 3 (Reuters) - Gold prices rose on Monday as a retreat in
U.S. Treasury yields and worries over surging COVID-19 cases in
some countries boosted the metal's appeal, while palladium held
firm after surpassing the $3,000-per-ounce level in the previous
session.
    Spot gold        was up 0.5% at $1,777.67 per ounce by 0737
GMT. Trading in Asian hours was low due to public holidays in
China and Japan. U.S. gold futures        rose 0.6% to $1,777.60
per ounce.
    "The pandemic situation in Japan and India remains a key
concern among market participants, so that's driving up the
demand for safe-haven assets, including gold," said Margaret
Yang, a strategist at DailyFX, adding that retreating U.S.
Treasury yields lent further support.
    Benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields             retreated
after hitting their highest in nearly two weeks last week. Lower
bond yields reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-interest
bearing gold.
    India on Monday reported more than 300,000 new coronavirus
cases for a twelfth straight day, taking its overall caseload to
just shy of 20 million.             
    The dollar index        slipped 0.1%, after hitting a near
two-week high earlier in the session, raising gold's appeal for
other currency holders.       
    Investors now look forward to a raft of U.S. economic data
this week, including the ISM manufacturing survey and April
payroll numbers, for further clues about recovery in the world's
largest economy.
    On the technical front, "gold has resistance at $1,790 an
ounce, followed by a double top and the 100-day moving average
in the $1,800 an ounce area. Support is nearby between $1,755
and $1,760 an ounce," OANDA senior market analyst Jeffrey Halley
said in a note.
    Elsewhere, auto-catalyst metal palladium        rose 0.7% to
$2,957.50 per ounce, after hitting an all-time high of $3,007.73
per ounce on Friday over supply concerns.
    Silver        was up 0.7% at $26.08 per ounce. Platinum
       rose 0.4% to $1,202.72.

 (Reporting by Shreyansi Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by
Subhranshu Sahu)
  
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