* Asian shares hover near 9-month peak
* Positive data from the U.S. and China lift risk sentiment
* SPDR gold holdings slip to lowest since early-Nov
By Arijit Bose
April 16 (Reuters) - Gold prices slipped for a fourth straight
session on Tuesday as recent upbeat economic data and signs that
Washington and Beijing were making headway in a nearly year-long
tariff skirmish boosted risk sentiment.
Better economic conditions stoke investors to pivot towards
equities that are interest-bearing assets, and shun the non-yielding bullion.
Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,285.39 per ounce, as of
0734 GMT. In the previous session, the bullion dropped to $1,281.96,
its weakest since April 4.
U.S. gold futures shed 0.2 percent to $1,288.30 an ounce.
"The main reason what pressures gold is the improved economic
data ... for countries such as China for example, things have turned
around a fair bit," said analyst Dominic Schneider of UBS Wealth
Management in Hong Kong.
China reported better-than-expected credit and export figures last
week that allayed concerns regarding the pace of economic growth.
Jobs data from the United States last week also lifted sentiment,
assuaging concerns that the largest economy was losing momentum. Data
showed the number of Americans filing applications for unemployment
benefits dropped to a 49-1/2-year low.
Asian stocks were close to a nine-month peak on increasing
expectations that the Chinese economy would stabilise.
"Equity markets are trading on an even keel, while optimism
about a U.S.-China trade deal continues to be very supportive for risk
sentiment completely deflating investor appetite for safe-haven plays
like gold," said Stephen Innes, head of trading and market
strategy, SPI Asset Management.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Fox Business Network on
Monday trade negotiations between Washington and its Chinese
counterparts were "making a lot of progress".
Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust , the world's largest gold-backed
exchange-traded fund, on Monday dropped to 754.03 tonnes, their lowest
since Nov. 9, 2018.
"The other element that pressures gold is the 10-year
(yields) in the U.S., which, despite easing yesterday, has been
creeping up a bit from its March lows," Schneider added.
Markets now await key Eurozone and Chinese data, which will
provide further clues on the global economic health.
A Reuters poll has meanwhile suggested that despite China's
first-quarter economic growth likely cooling to the weakest pace in at
least 27 years, recent stimulus measures would lift the economic mood
in the future.
Among other metals, silver dipped 0.2 percent to $14.97 an
ounce, having touching a trough since end-December at $14.81 in the
Spot platinum gained 0.6 percent to $890.63 per ounce, while
palladium rose 0.3 percent to $1,365.05 per ounce.
(Reporting by Arijit Bose in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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