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Gold rises on dollar dip, banking optimism limits gains

Marked ingots of 99.99 percent pure gold are placed in a cart at the Krastsvetmet non-ferrous metals plant in Krasnoyarsk

By Deep Kaushik Vakil

(Reuters) - Gold prices rose on Tuesday, drawing support from a weaker U.S. dollar even as higher bond yields and easing worries about a full-blown banking crisis limited gains for the safe-haven asset.

Following two sessions of declines, spot gold gained 0.7% to $1,970.88 per ounce by 1:40 p.m. EDT (1740 GMT). U.S. gold futures settled 1% higher at $1,973.50.

The U.S. dollar index retreated about 0.4%, making the greenback-denominated precious metal less expensive for holders of other currencies. [USD/]

"The weaker U.S. dollar index today is adding to some buying interest in the gold market. However, solid buying interest is being squelched by the fact that the banking crisis, at least for the moment, seems to have stabilized," said Jim Wyckoff, senior analyst at Kitco Metals.

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"The marketplace is still tentative in that regard, and that's going to keep risk appetite contained for at least the next couple weeks until we think we've moved past this crisis," added Wyckoff.

Wall Street struggled for direction as investors weighed receding concerns about a banking crisis, while Treasury yields rose amid focus on Federal Reserve's interest rate trajectory. [.N] [US/]

In the near term, gold prices could slip to $1,933, but the outlook for gold remains bullish with fast approaching peak in U.S. rates and a danger of hitting a recession in coming months, said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank.

Spot silver rose 0.6% to $23.23 per ounce, platinum shed 0.7% to $965.19, while palladium was up 1% at$1,422.61.

(Reporting by Deep Vakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Shilpi Majumdar)