Gold range-bound as investors wait for Fed chair's speech

Gold range-bound as investors wait for Fed chair's speech

* Gold new support zone between $1,740-$1,750 - analyst

* Dollar firms near recent peak, limiting bullion's gains

By Arundhati Sarkar

Aug 24 (Reuters) - Gold traded in a narrow range on Wednesday as investors awaited more insight into the outlook for interest rates from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell when he speaks at central bankers' symposium at Jackson Hole later this week.

Spot gold XAU= rose 0.2% to $1,751.16 per ounce by 0854 GMT, trading in a $9 range. It advanced 0.7% in the previous session.

U.S. gold futures GCv1 rose 0.1% to $1,763.60.

"Gold is holding above $1,750 and is showing resilience, despite the strength of the dollar," said Carlo Alberto De Casa, external analyst for Kinesis Money.

"From a technical point of view, there is now an important support zone between $1,740 and $1,750."

Looking ahead to the Fed chair's speech on Friday, De Casa said investors want to hear Powell's opinion on inflation trends, and any dovish turn on the outlook for interest rates could lift bullion.

Ilya Spivak, a currency strategist at DailyFX, said bullion prices had made a correction after six days of decline, and investors were now looking for Powell to provide "some kind of a guidance, or framework about the Fed policy."

Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari was the latest official to reiterate the U.S. Fed's focus on controlling inflation ahead of all else.

While gold is considered a hedge against inflation, higher interest rates are a disincentive to holding zero-yield bullion.

Keeping gold prices in check, the dollar USD= also firmed near recent peak against its rivals, making gold less appealing for buyers holding other currencies.

Aside from Powell, investors will also focus on a U.S. second quarter gross domestic product second estimate and July consumer spending data due later this week.

Spot silver XAG= fell 0.2% to $19.13 per ounce, while platinum XPT= rose 0.3% to $881.75.

Palladium XPD= gained 0.4% to $1,988.86.
Reporting by Arundhati Sarkar and Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore