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PRECIOUS-Firm dollar, fading stimulus hopes put gold on track for weekly loss

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Gold slipped on Friday and looked set to post its first weekly drop in three, as the dollar held firm while additional U.S. fiscal stimulus appeared unlikely before the presidential election.

* Spot gold down 1.2% for week

* Silver down 3.5% for week

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By Eileen Soreng

Oct 16 (Reuters) - Gold slipped on Friday and looked set to post its first weekly drop in three, as the dollar held firm while additional U.S. fiscal stimulus appeared unlikely before the presidential election.

Spot gold was down 0.1% to $1,906.80 per ounce by 0320 GMT, losing 1.2% so far in the week. U.S. gold futures were up 0.2% at $1,912.20.

"There's some further upside for the dollar and that's been a major headwind for gold, in addition to the ongoing (U.S.) stimulus negotiations which have yielded no progress," said Edward Moya, a senior market analyst at OANDA.

"I think everyone is settling on the likelihood that we are not going to have a deal before the election."

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was willing to raise his offer of $1.8 trillion for a COVID-19 relief deal with Democrats in Congress, but the idea was shot down by his fellow Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The dollar index was headed for its first weekly gain in three, supported by surging coronavirus cases and stalled progress toward U.S. stimulus. [USD/]

London will soon enter a tighter COVID-19 lockdown as the second wave of the pandemic spreads through Europe. The U.S. Midwest also saw record surges in new cases.

"The outlook for gold is positive amid mounting economic concerns due to COVID-19 surges," analysts at ANZ said in a note.

Gold, considered a hedge against inflation risks and currency weakening, has gained nearly 26% so far this year, helped by stimulus from governments and global central banks to revive their economies.

Silver fell 0.2% to $24.26 per ounce, and was down 3.5% for the week.

Platinum dipped 0.1% to $863.39, while palladium rose 0.1 % to $2,354.95. (Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V and Subhranshu Sahu) ((eileen.soreng@thomsonreuters.com; Within U.S. +1 646 223 8780, Outside U.S. +91 80 6749 6131; Reuters Messaging: eileen.soreng.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)) Keywords: GLOBAL PRECIOUS/ (UPDATE 1)

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