Oct 21 (Reuters) - Gold prices inched up on Thursday,
extending gains into a third session as a softer dollar made the
metal cheaper for buyers holding other currencies.
* Spot gold rose 0.2% to $1,784.96 per ounce by 0146
GMT. U.S. gold futures were little changed at $1,784.60.
* Bullion prices have traded between $1,759 and $1,788 this
week. A weaker dollar on Thursday kept the metal close to the
higher end of this range.
* Two U.S. Federal Reserve officials said on Wednesday while
the central bank should begin winding down its stimulus
measures, it was too soon for interest rate hikes.
* The Bank of England will be the first major central bank
to raise interest rates in the post-pandemic cycle but
economists polled by Reuters think the first hike will not come
until early next year, later than markets are pricing in.
* Gold is often considered an inflation hedge, though
reduced stimulus and interest rate hikes push government bond
yields up, translating into a higher opportunity cost for
holding bullion which pays no interest.
* Russia's gold reserves stood at 73.9 million troy ounces
as of the start of October, the central bank said on Wednesday.
* Spot silver rose 0.3% to $24.33 an ounce, while
platinum gained 0.1% to $1,051.12 and palladium
fell 0.3% to $2,066.53.
* Russia's Nornickel, the world's largest
palladium producer, said its palladium production in the third
quarter increased 9% to 598,000 troy ounces, while platinum
output increased 8% to 145,000 troy ounces.
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(Reporting by Nakul Iyer in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu