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* Markets eye Biden's infrastructure spending plans on Wednesday
* Dollar firms near multi-month peak
* Palladium fell as much as 4.4% in the session
* Russia's Nornickel halts water inflow at two major mines
By Brijesh Patel
March 29 (Reuters) - Gold prices slipped on Monday as a stronger U.S. dollar and hopes for a swift global economic recovery dented demand for safe-haven bullion.
"Gold is suffering a little bit on back of a firmer greenback and slightly stronger equity market. We are also seeing some end-of-the-month profit-taking," said CMC (NS: CMC ) Markets UK's chief market analyst, Michael Hewson.
"As we head into the end of the month and quarter, gold is not going to move that much even though U.S. yields are slightly softer," Hewson said, adding he sees gold range-bound between $1,680 and $1,760 per ounce.
Market participants are now waiting for U.S. President Joe Biden's infrastructure spending package on Wednesday, which is speculated to be in the $3 trillion to $4 trillion range. investors view gold as a hedge against higher inflation that could follow stimulus measures, but a recent spike is U.S. Treasury yields has weighed on the non-yielding commodity. US/
"We see virtually no scope for noticeably higher prices until mid-year, though gold should be able to make significant gains in the second half of the year," Commerzbank (DE: CBKG ) analysts wrote in a note.
"Gold is currently lacking the support of financial investors, as buying interest is low." GOL/ETF palladium XPD= dropped as much as 4.4% to $2,557.44 per ounce to a one-week low in the session.
Russia's Nornickel Nickel GMKN.MM , the top producer of palladium, on Monday said it had stopped water flowing into its two major mines in the Siberian Arctic and both were on track to fully resume production in the coming months. XPT= was down 0.5% at $1,179 per ounce and silver XAG= fell 0.9% to $24.81.
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