PRECIOUS – Factors to watch on April 4

LONDON, April 4 (Reuters) – Gold prices edged above $1,430
an ounce in Europe on Monday as the weaker dollar and rising oil
prices lent support, but gains were capped by sharper appetite
for risk after last week’s well-received U.S. payrolls numbers.

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PRICES
* Spot gold (XAU=: Quote, Profile, Research) was at $1,430.70 an ounce at 0630 GMT
compared with $1,427.98 late in New York on Friday.

* Silver (XAG=: Quote, Profile, Research) was at $38.07 from $37.74.

* Platinum (XPT=: Quote, Profile, Research) at $1,765.74 from $1,765.

* Palladium (XPD=: Quote, Profile, Research) at $774.97 from $769.95.

DATA/EVENTS

* Euro zone sentix index for April, 0830 GMT.

* Euro zone producer prices for February, 0900 GMT.

* U.S. employment trend index for March, 1400 GMT.

* U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks before
the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 2011 Financial Markets
Conference, 2315 GMT.

* U.S. Fed Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans discusses
economic conditions and monetary policy issues in live interview
on CNBC’s Closing Bell, 1915 GMT.

[ECI/US] [ECI/EURO] [ECI/GB]

[M/DIARY] [MTL/DIARY]

MARKET NEWS

* The dollar eased against the euro, while the single
currency hit fresh 11-month highs against a broadly weaker yen
on Monday, with markets all but certain the European Central
Bank will raise interest rates later this week. [FRX/]

* Brent crude climbed above $119 a barrel and U.S. crude hit
a 2-1/2-year high at more than $108 as unrest in the Middle East
and North Africa triggered concern that supplies could be dented
while economic growth bolstered demand. [O/R]

* Asian shares rose to their highest in nearly 3 years after
strong U.S. jobs growth spurred optimism about the global
economy. [MKTS/GLOB]

* European shares were set to dip at the open as traders
consolidate hefty gains from the previous session, when a key
index hit a three-week high. [.EU]

FUNDAMENTALS

* Speculators in gold futures and options raised their net
long positions as prices rose to fresh records last week, data
from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed on
Friday. [ID:nN01152819]

TECHNICALS

* Gold support at $1,415, resistance at $1,441, 14-day RSI
at 71.4.

* Silver support at $37.21, resistance at $38.11, 14-day RSI
at 77.6.

* Platinum support at $1,754, resistance at $1,786, 14-day
RSI at 58.4.

(Reporting by Jan Harvey; editing by James Jukwey)

PRECIOUS – Factors to watch on April 4