LONDON, April 5 (Reuters) - Gold prices fell on Thursday after the United
States and China signalled willingness to resolve a trade dispute through
negotiations, reducing demand for bullion as a safe place to park assets. 
    Investors moved money back into equities, sending global stock markets
higher, while the dollar strengthened, making gold more expensive for users of
other currencies.                          
    "It's been a double whammy (for gold)," said Fawad Razaqzada, an analyst at "Stock markets have stabilised, at least for the time being, and that
has reduced demand for safe havens." 
    The slide in gold prices had also created a negative technical picture that
encouraged further selling, Razaqzada said. 
    Spot gold        was down 0.4 percent at $1,327.11 an ounce at 1107 GMT. 
    U.S. gold futures         were 0.7 percent lower at $1,331 an ounce.
    Gold had surged to $1,348.06 on Wednesday after China threatened to
retaliate against proposed U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports worth around $50
billion with its own threatened duties on U.S. imports including soybeans,
planes, cars, whiskey and chemicals.             
    Both Washington and Beijing later said they were willing to negotiate a
    Trump's top economic adviser called the announcements by the two countries
mere opening proposals and suggested the U.S. tariffs may never go into effect,
while China's ambassador in Washington said Beijing's preference was to resolve
the dispute through talks.                            
    Technical support for gold was now around $1,320 and the 100-day moving
average at $1,311, said MKS trader Sam Laughlin.
    Gold prices reached an 18-month high of $1,366,07 in January but have since
then been locked in a trading range between around $1,310 and $1,360. 
    Investors were looking ahead to U.S. jobs data on Friday to give new
direction to prices. Strong employment and wage growth would encourage the U.S.
Federal Reserve to raise interest rates more aggressively and push gold prices
    Gold is sensitive to rising interest rates because they push up bond yields,
reducing the attractiveness of non-yielding bullion, and tend to boost the
dollar, in which gold is priced.
    Trading volumes were likely to be lower however with markets in mainland
China, the world's largest gold consumer, closed on Thursday and Friday for the
Tomb Sweeping Day holiday.             
    In other precious metals, spot silver        was up 0.1 percent at $16.29 an
    Platinum        was 0.1 percent lower at $911.20 an ounce after touching
$901.50, its lowest since December.
    Palladium        was up 0.1 percent at $925.25 an ounce but still close to
Wednesday's six-month low of $913.
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