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PRECIOUS-Gold rises on dollar dip, hopes for U.S. relief package

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Gold rose about 1% on Monday as the dollar retreated and as expectations of a U.S. stimulus deal being reached ahead of the presidential elections in November bolstered bullion's appeal as an inflation hedge.

* Dollar slips to over one-week low

* Silver could rally to $40/oz over next 12 months- Citi

* Pelosi optimistic of U.S. fiscal aid before elections

* Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser (Adds analyst comments, updates prices)

By Asha Sistla

Oct 19 (Reuters) - Gold rose about 1% on Monday as the dollar retreated and as expectations of a U.S. stimulus deal being reached ahead of the presidential elections in November bolstered bullion's appeal as an inflation hedge.

Spot gold rose 0.6% to $1,909.80 per ounce by 9:52 a.m. ET (1352 GMT). U.S. gold futures rose 0.4% to $1,913.

Gold is strengthening on the dollar's downtrend and "the belief that some kind of stimulus package is going to come through in the next 48 hours," said Phillip Streible, chief market strategist at Blue Line Futures in Chicago.

"People believe that we're going to go into an inflationary period into the next quarter. So they're starting up front on that."

The dollar slipped 0.5% versus rivals, making gold less expensive for holders of other currencies. [USD/]

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that differences remained with the Trump administration on a wide-ranging relief package but that she was optimistic legislation could be pushed through before Election Day.

Gold has gained about 26% so far this year as investors sought refuge from a worsening coronavirus pandemic and also risks of inflation and currency debasement as global central banks slashed interest rates while pumping out unprecedented stimulus to contain the economic blow.

Further underpinning safe-haven demand for bullion were concerns surrounding fresh coronavirus-led restrictions in Europe and elsewhere as worldwide infections crossed over 40 million, as well as uncertainty over the U.S. elections.

Elsewhere, silver climbed 2.2% to $24.70, having hit a near one-week peak.

Citi said in a note it expects silver to rally to $40 over the next 12 months, on sustained investor demand and a recovery in industrial consumption in 2021.

Platinum gained 0.6% to $865.52 per ounce and palladium rose 0.3% to $2,337.94. (Reporting by Asha Sistla in Bengaluru) ((Asha.Sistla@thomsonreuters.com; If within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 6182 2808; Reuters Messaging: Reuters Messaging: asha.sistla.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)) Keywords: GLOBAL PRECIOUS/ (UPDATE 6, PIX)

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