* GRAPHIC-2019 asset returns: http://tmsnrt.rs/2jvdmXl
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* Speculators raise net long positions in gold
* March euro zone business growth worse than expected -PMI
March 21 Gold prices rose to a three-week high
on Thursday, after the U.S. Federal Reserve abandoned plans to
raise interest rates for the year, while a cut in its U.S.
growth forecast exacerbated worries of a global economic
Palladium soared to a record high on Friday as news that Russia is considering a temporary ban on the export of precious metals scrap fed into fears of a supply shortfall this year.
Gold fell more than a percent on Thursday, slipping below $1,300 for a second time this month, as fears of a no-deal Brexit faded and the dollar gained versus the pound ahead of a vote to extend the deadline for Britain's exit from the European Union.
March 13 Gold rose to a near two-week peak on
Wednesday, holding above the key $1,300 mark as uncertainty over
Britain's exit from the European Union drove investors to safe
March 12 Gold rose on Tuesday, supported by a
dip in the dollar after U.S. consumer prices registered their
smallest annual gain in nearly 2-1/2 years.
March 11 Gold slipped on Monday after failing to
break decisively above resistance at $1,300 per ounce in the
previous session, as equity markets regained some ground and the
dollar steadied near a three-month peak.
* Palladium, platinum eye biggest weekly fall since Nov, Aug