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Gold dips on robust Chinese data, palladium soars to new record

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Gold fell on Monday after better-than-expected manufacturing data from China assuaged fears of a slowdown in global growth while deficit-ridden autocatalyst metal palladium soared to an all-time high.

(Adds quotes, details, updates prices) * Palladium up 46% for the year * Silver, platinum slip about 1% * China factory activity expands at quickest pace in 3 years * U.S. ISM manufacturing PMI data due at 1500 GMT By Diptendu Lahiri Dec 2 (Reuters) - Gold prices fell on Monday after better-than-expected manufacturing data from China assuaged fears of a slowdown in global growth while deficit-ridden autocatalyst metal palladium soared to an all-time high. Spot gold slipped 0.4% to $1,457.96 per ounce by 1310 GMT. U.S. gold futures fell 0.6% to $1,463.80 per ounce. Data showing growth in factory activity during November in China, the world's second-largest economy and biggest gold consumer, pushed up equity markets. [nZUN83QI03] [.L] [nL4N2891KL] "At least in the short-term, this kind of data will keep gold prices in check," said Julius Baer analyst Carsten Menke. Gold is considered a safe store of value at times of political or economic uncertainty. Demand for the metal was further pressured by the rising dollar, making dollar-denominated bullion more expensive for buyers using other currencies. [USD/] On the U.S.-China trade front, reports said a preliminary agreement has now stalled because of U.S. legislation supporting protesters in Hong Kong and Chinese demands that Washington roll back its tariffs. [nFWN28A00L] [nL4N28B01A] Gold has risen more than 13% this year mainly due to the trade dispute driving demand for safe assets. "Nothing particularly has really changed (on the trade front) from last week, the market remains in the dark about how things will progress. Investor appetite for gold is just waning a little bit on lack of direction," ANZ analyst Daniel Hynes said. Pointing to lingering growth concerns, euro zone manufacturing activity contracted for a 10th straight month in November, IHS Markit's final manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) showed. Gold could move up in the medium to longer term as fears of a slowdown still exist, Julius Baer's Menke added. Investors now await manufacturing data from the U.S. later in the day. Palladium was up 0.7% at $1,853.21 an ounce, having surged to an all-time high of $1,854.40. The metal has risen about 46% this year. "The rising prices for the scarcity-hit metal have attracted a lot of carmakers who are getting cold feet. These people have taken forward positions in anticipation that prices will go even higher in the future," said Commerzbank analyst Eugen Weinberg. Tightening emissions regulations are putting more palladium – chiefly used in vehicle exhausts to reduce harmful emissions –in each vehicle, supporting consumption even as weakening global growth hits vehicle sales. Elsewhere, silver fell 0.7% to $16.90 per ounce, platinum was down 1.03% at $890.72 per ounce. (Reporting by Diptendu Lahiri in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond and Emelia Sithole-Matarise) ((Diptendu.Lahiri@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 651 848 5832; outside U.S. +91 80 6749 3683;; Reuters Messaging: diptendu.lahiri.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)) Keywords: GLOBAL PRECIOUS/ (UPDATE 5, PIX)

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