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Gold range-bound as vaccine cheer offsets pandemic resurgence

(Reuters) - Gold inched down but held in a narrow range on Tuesday, as a weaker dollar and concerns about mounting coronavirus cases and their impact on the economy vied with optimism about the race to deliver a vaccine.

FILE PHOTO: The Sicpa Oasis validator system (bullion protect) is pictured on one kilogram bar of gold at Swiss refiner Metalor in Marin near Neuchatel, Switzerland July 5, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo/File Photo

Spot gold XAU= was down 0.2% at $1,884.91 per ounce by 01:47 p.m. EDT (1847 GMT). U.S. gold futures GCv1 settled 0.1% lower at $1,885.10.

“There is a lack of conviction on the trajectory of safe haven flows, we’ve all this vaccine optimism in place, but we also have the U.S. and Europe still struggling with the pandemic,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.

“Longer term trends are still supportive for gold to rally, but we’re seeing some investors kind of abandon their bullish bets. The vaccine news for many has made holding gold longer term less appealing.”

Gold shed as much as 1.3% on Monday after Moderna MRNA.O said its vaccine was 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 in a late-stage trial, becoming the second U.S. drugmaker after Pfizer PFE.N to report results that exceeded expectations.

Meanwhile, U.S. retail sales rose less than expected in October and could slow further amid rising infections and new restrictions.

Limiting gold's losses, the dollar .DXY eased 0.3% against rivals.

“Gold is trapped in a range. It’s limited on the upside, $1,900 is the key level of resistance, and $1,850 is key support,” said Phillip Streible, chief market strategist at Blue Line Futures in Chicago.

Gold will remain supported as “everyone believes that next year inflation will run hot and the U.S. Federal Reserve will not do anything about it,” he added.

Bullion, considered a hedge against inflation and currency debasement, has gained over 24% this year, mainly benefiting from massive global stimulus.

Silver XAG= fell 0.8% to $24.54 per ounce. Platinum XPT= rose 0.4% to $929.33, while palladium XPD= shed 0.7% to $2,317.72.

Reporting by Sumita Layek in Bengaluru; Editing by Edmund Blair, David Gregorio and Tom Brown