* Fed's patience on interest rates to last 'for some
* Platinum on track for 3rd consecutive week of declines
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* Thai traders fear possible drought effect on output,
BENGALURU Rice export prices in top exporter India fell for a fifth consecutive week on low demand and domestic currency weakness, while traders in Vietnam looked for prospective deals from China and Egypt.
* Palladium off one-month peak hit earlier in the session
BENGALURU/MUMBAI Physical gold demand was healthy this week in India in the run up to a key festival and with the wedding season underway, while other top Asian hubs saw steady interest in bullion as global prices recovered from a 2019 low touched earlier this week.
BENGALURU/MUMBAI Gold premiums in top consumer China jumped to their highest in more than two years, as a drop in global prices and strengthening yuan encouraged purchases amid optimism about the state of the economy.
MUMBAI/BENGALURU Physical gold demand in India was robust this week as retail buyers and jewellers took advantage of a dip in domestic prices to stock up for the wedding season, while gains in the domestic currency kept premiums elevated in China amid steady demand.
* Vietnam's Q1 rice exports fell 11.5 pct from a year
Thai rice export prices eased this week, but traders worried that supplies of the staple could be disrupted by severe drought this year even as demand remained muted in most Asian hubs.