PRECIOUS-Gold falls 1% as global stimulus hopes boost risk assets

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PRECIOUS-Gold falls 1% as global stimulus hopes boost risk assets

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* Asian shares bounce, bond yields rise from historic lows

* Dollar jumps, yen retreats from more than 3-year peak

* More than 111,600 people infected by coronavirus globally

* SPDR gold holdings rises to highest since October 2016

By K. Sathya Narayanan

March 10 (Reuters) - Gold fell 1% on Tuesday, retreating from last session's jump above the key $1,700 level, as hopes for global stimulus measures to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak lifted riskier assets and the dollar.

Spot gold XAU= declined 1% to $1,663.16 per ounce by 0852 GMT, having touched its highest since December 2012 at $1,702.56 on Monday on concerns over the global spread of the virus. U.S. gold futures GCcv1 fell 0.6% to $1,664.80.

"Markets are getting a little bit edgy. Risk is turning on due to the fiscal policy measures out of the United States and Japan, which is negative for gold over the short term," said Stephen Innes, chief market strategist at AxiCorp.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would take "major" steps to gird the economy against the impact. economy minister said his government would not hesitate to take necessary and adequate steps to offset significant effects on the domestic economy from the global spread of the virus. Japanese finance ministry official said it was in contact with the Trump administration, which is putting together an economic package. is just the beginning of the so-called domino effect and I would expect the rest of Asian governments to follow in lock steps with similar packages," Innes said.

Asian shares and U.S. dollar bounced, while bond yields rose from historic lows. MKTS/GLOB US/ USD/

The safe-haven yen JPY= retreated from a more than three-year high touched on Monday.

The significant fiscal response of the United States might alleviate investor concerns about the economic growth outlook, which is negative for bullion, said Michael McCarthy, chief strategist at CMC (NS: CMC ) Markets.

The U.S. Federal Reserve delivered emergency interest rates cut last week to shield the world's largest economy from the virus impact. The markets expect another cut at the Fed's March 18 policy meeting. FEDWATCH ordered citizens not to move around the country except for work and emergencies, while banning all public gatherings. global infections touched 111,600 by Monday, including 80,754 in mainland China. indicating investor interest in bullion, holdings in the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust GLD , rose to 30.99 million ounces, its highest since October 2016. GOL/ETF

Elsewhere, palladium XPD= rose 0.4% to $2,500.28 per ounce, having touched a near one-month low in the previous session. Silver XAG= gained 1% to $17.13, while platinum XPT= rose 1.5% to $875.80.

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