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PRECIOUS-Gold dips as easing trade war concerns lift dollar

Diptendu Lahiri

* Spot gold may fall towards $1,462/oz -technicals

* Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust fell 0.2% on Friday

* Palladium hits record high at $1,695.14/oz (Adds comment, updates prices)

Sept 30 (Reuters) - Gold prices edged lower on Monday, pressured by a robust dollar, as fears of an escalation in the U.S.-China trade war eased after a report that the United States does not currently plan to de-list Chinese companies from the U.S. stock markets.

Spot gold was 0.4% lower at $1,490.50 per ounce as of 0649 GMT. Prices had hit $1,486.60 in the previous session, their lowest since Sept. 18.

U.S. gold futures dipped 0.6% to $1,497.20 per ounce.

The White House is not contemplating blocking Chinese companies from listing shares on U.S. exchanges at this time, Bloomberg quoted Treasury spokeswoman Monica Crowley as saying on Saturday.

This came after Reuters reported on Friday the U.S. administration was considering de-listing Chinese companies from U.S. stock markets, fanning worries amongst investors about the fate of the long-drawn trade war.

"For the short term, there is some confusion considering the contradicting headlines we are getting on the trade war," said AxiTrader market strategist Stephen Innes.

"In these situations what investors do is quit their position in equities and switch to bond markets." This has boosted the dollar, in turn making gold expensive, he added.

Ahead of trade talks with the United States, Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said on Sunday the two major economies would resolve their trade dispute "with a calm and rational attitude."

Investors also looked for clues on further U.S. interest rate cuts. Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker said on Friday he opposed the central bank's September rate cut and thinks the Fed should "hold firm" on interest rates.

Higher interest rates boost the dollar, making dollar-denominated gold more expensive for buyers using other currencies and reducing investor interest in non-yielding bullion.

"A less dovish than expected Fed means the rally on gold prices may be capped, but in the near-term, the upward momentum appears intact," said Howie Lee, economist at OCBC Bank.

Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.22% to 922.88 tonnes on Friday.

Speculators raised their bullish positions in COMEX gold and reduced bullish bets on silver contracts in the week to Sept. 24, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.

Spot gold may break a support at $1,488 per ounce and fall towards $1,462, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.

Elsewhere, palladium was up 0.6% at $1,691.75 per ounce, after hitting a record high at $1,695.14 earlier in the session.

Silver dropped over 1% to $17.34 per ounce and platinum was down 0.6% to $924.80 per ounce. (Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni, Subhranshu Sahu and Uttaresh.V)