PRECIOUS-Gold hovers near 2-week low as U.S. dollar rallies

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PRECIOUS-Gold hovers near 2-week low as U.S. dollar rallies

March 30 (Reuters) - Gold prices slipped on Tuesday, around a more than two-week low hit in the previous session, pressured by a stronger U.S. dollar and higher Treasury yields on optimism around a quick economic recovery as vaccinations gain momentum.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold XAU= fell 0.1% to $1,710.03 per ounce by 0141 GMT. U.S. gold futures GCv1 declined 0.2% to $1,711.10 per ounce.

* Gold fell to $1,704.90 per ounce on Monday, the lowest level since March 12.

* The dollar climbed to a one-year high against the yen on Tuesday as accelerating vaccinations and massive stimulus in the U.S. stoked inflation concerns. USD/ US/

* Concerns about a potential fallout of a hedge fund's default on margin calls also elevated the greenback's safe-haven appeal. Losses at Archegos Capital Management, run by former Tiger Asia manager Bill Hwang, sparked a fire sale of stocks on Monday, including that of some U.S. tech companies. Asian shares were set to open higher on Tuesday, as investors shook off earlier worries. MKTS/GLOB

* Longer-dated Treasury yields rose as investors banked on vaccine roll-out in the United States and expectations that President Joe Biden's infrastructure initiative could bolster economic growth and debt issuance. US/

* The Federal Reserve is "a long way from raising interest rates at this point," Fed Governor Christopher Waller said on Monday, reinforcing hopes that the central bank is ready to remain dovish as long as virus woes linger. British consumers reined in their borrowing at the fastest annual pace on record in February, according to Bank of England data. China's factory activity was expected to have grown at a faster pace in March, a Reuters poll showed. Silver XAG= fell 0.3% to $24.59 and platinum XPT= was down 0.7%, at $1,167.51

* Palladium XPD= was little changed at $2,529.76, having slid 5.5% in the last session.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT)

0900 EU

Consumer Confid. Final March

1100 Brazil IGP-M Inflation Index

March

1200 Germany CPI Prelim YY

March

1200 Germany HICP Prelim YY

March

1400 US

Consumer Confidence

March

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