Gold sulks near 7-month low as dollar basks in safe-haven demand



* Spot gold may test support at $1,756 per ounce - technicals

* U.S. Federal Reserve to release June meeting minutes today

* Silver at two-year lows (Updates prices)

By Bharat Gautam

July 6 (Reuters) - Gold hovered near a fresh seven-month low on Wednesday, with the dollar perched at a two-decade peak, as investors continued to snub bullion and look to the greenback for safety amid growing anguish over a worsening global economic outlook.

Spot gold XAU= was last up 0.1% at $1,766.54 per ounce at 0623 GMT, after it dipped to $1,762.45, its lowest since mid-December. U.S. gold futures GCv1 firmed 0.1% to $1,764.60.

After dropping through support around $1,790-$1,800 on Tuesday, gold could head lower in the medium term, said Michael McCarthy, chief strategy officer at Tiger Brokers, Australia.

The twin effect of a stronger U.S. dollar because of higher rates, and higher rates themselves having a direct impact on bullion, are weighing on the outlook for gold, McCarthy said.

Asian stocks fell and the dollar dominated against the euro on Wednesday as investors' fears deepened that the continent is leading the world into recession.

The dollar index =USD consolidated near its highest since 2002 - levels which sent greenback-priced gold as much as 2.6% lower on Tuesday.

Spot gold may test a support at $1,756 per ounce, and a break could trigger a drop to $1,748, Reuters' technical analyst Wang Tao said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Reserve will release minutes from its June policy meeting later in the day, which could give investors a clearer picture on the roadmap for interest rates.

More major central banks raised rates in June than in any month for at least two decades, Reuters calculations showed, and with inflation at multi-decade highs, policy-tightening is unlikely to let up this year.

Higher rates and bond yields raise the opportunity cost of holding bullion, which yields nothing.

Spot silver XAG= dipped 1.2% to $18.96 per ounce, its lowest level in two-years.

Platinum XPT= fell 1.3% to $853.67, and palladium XPD= slipped 0.1% to $1,932.08.
Reporting by Bharat Govind Gautam in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel and Uttaresh.V

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