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By Sethuraman N R

- Gold held steady on Tuesday supported by geopolitical tensions over North Korea and after falling from a five-month high in the previous session on a firmer dollar.

Spot gold was mostly unchanged at $1,284.56 per ounce by 0730 GMT, after climbing to $1,295.42 in the prior session, its highest since Nov. 9.

U.S. gold futures were down 0.5 percent at $1,285.90.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reassured Japan of American commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions on Tuesday, after warning that U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the strength of its resolve.

"Gold looks fairly attractive at the current juncture as a safe haven bet with geopolitical tensions on a rise and concerns ahead of French elections," said Sugandha Sachdeva, head of metals, energy & currency research at Religare Securities.

"The Indian festival of Akshay Tritiya (in late April) should provide a fillip to physical demand and thus the prices," Sachdeva said, adding that the metal, however, was vulnerable to profit taking.

With the first round of France's presidential election on April 23, an unpredictable outcome is pushing some pollsters to calculate the most extreme runoff scenarios after Trump's surprising U.S. presidential win in November and Britain's unexpected exit from the European Union in July.

"This weekend's French Presidential first round elections are looking increasingly murky, and this will most likely fan safe-haven fires," said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA.

"It will be headlines and opinion polls that would drive gold's short-term direction."

The dollar edged higher after U.S. Treasury Secretary said he saw the currency's strength over the long-term as a positive, although he agreed with Trump's view that it hurts exports in the short-term.

"Trump's penchant for a slightly weaker dollar and a gradual rise in rates is indicative of more legs to the recent rally in gold," Sachdeva of Religare Securities said.

A stronger greenback makes dollar-denominated gold more expensive for buyers paying in other currencies while a slower pace of interest rate gains would help maintain demand for non-interest bearing gold.

Spot gold may break a support at $1,281 per ounce and fall to the next support at $1,265, following its failure to break a trendline falling from the July 11, 2016 high of $1,374.71, technical analyst Wang Tao said.

Spot silver edged up 0.1 percent to $18.40 per ounce, after hitting over a five month high of $18.649 in the prior session.

Platinum rose 0.3 percent to $982.50 per ounce, while palladium rose 0.1 percent to $789.90.

(Reporting By Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Joseph Radford and Christian Schmollinger)

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Gold firm as North Korea worries offer support

REUTERS - Gold held steady on Tuesday supported by geopolitical tensions over North Korea and after falling from a five-month high in the previous session on a firmer dollar.

By Sethuraman N R

- Gold held steady on Tuesday supported by geopolitical tensions over North Korea and after falling from a five-month high in the previous session on a firmer dollar.

Spot gold was mostly unchanged at $1,284.56 per ounce by 0730 GMT, after climbing to $1,295.42 in the prior session, its highest since Nov. 9.

U.S. gold futures were down 0.5 percent at $1,285.90.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reassured Japan of American commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions on Tuesday, after warning that U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the strength of its resolve.

"Gold looks fairly attractive at the current juncture as a safe haven bet with geopolitical tensions on a rise and concerns ahead of French elections," said Sugandha Sachdeva, head of metals, energy & currency research at Religare Securities.

"The Indian festival of Akshay Tritiya (in late April) should provide a fillip to physical demand and thus the prices," Sachdeva said, adding that the metal, however, was vulnerable to profit taking.

With the first round of France's presidential election on April 23, an unpredictable outcome is pushing some pollsters to calculate the most extreme runoff scenarios after Trump's surprising U.S. presidential win in November and Britain's unexpected exit from the European Union in July.

"This weekend's French Presidential first round elections are looking increasingly murky, and this will most likely fan safe-haven fires," said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA.

"It will be headlines and opinion polls that would drive gold's short-term direction."

The dollar edged higher after U.S. Treasury Secretary said he saw the currency's strength over the long-term as a positive, although he agreed with Trump's view that it hurts exports in the short-term.

"Trump's penchant for a slightly weaker dollar and a gradual rise in rates is indicative of more legs to the recent rally in gold," Sachdeva of Religare Securities said.

A stronger greenback makes dollar-denominated gold more expensive for buyers paying in other currencies while a slower pace of interest rate gains would help maintain demand for non-interest bearing gold.

Spot gold may break a support at $1,281 per ounce and fall to the next support at $1,265, following its failure to break a trendline falling from the July 11, 2016 high of $1,374.71, technical analyst Wang Tao said.

Spot silver edged up 0.1 percent to $18.40 per ounce, after hitting over a five month high of $18.649 in the prior session.

Platinum rose 0.3 percent to $982.50 per ounce, while palladium rose 0.1 percent to $789.90.

(Reporting By Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Joseph Radford and Christian Schmollinger)

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Gold firm as North Korea worries offer support

By Sethuraman N R

- Gold held steady on Tuesday supported by geopolitical tensions over North Korea and after falling from a five-month high in the previous session on a firmer dollar.

Spot gold was mostly unchanged at $1,284.56 per ounce by 0730 GMT, after climbing to $1,295.42 in the prior session, its highest since Nov. 9.

U.S. gold futures were down 0.5 percent at $1,285.90.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reassured Japan of American commitment to reining in North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions on Tuesday, after warning that U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed the strength of its resolve.

"Gold looks fairly attractive at the current juncture as a safe haven bet with geopolitical tensions on a rise and concerns ahead of French elections," said Sugandha Sachdeva, head of metals, energy & currency research at Religare Securities.

"The Indian festival of Akshay Tritiya (in late April) should provide a fillip to physical demand and thus the prices," Sachdeva said, adding that the metal, however, was vulnerable to profit taking.

With the first round of France's presidential election on April 23, an unpredictable outcome is pushing some pollsters to calculate the most extreme runoff scenarios after Trump's surprising U.S. presidential win in November and Britain's unexpected exit from the European Union in July.

"This weekend's French Presidential first round elections are looking increasingly murky, and this will most likely fan safe-haven fires," said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA.

"It will be headlines and opinion polls that would drive gold's short-term direction."

The dollar edged higher after U.S. Treasury Secretary said he saw the currency's strength over the long-term as a positive, although he agreed with Trump's view that it hurts exports in the short-term.

"Trump's penchant for a slightly weaker dollar and a gradual rise in rates is indicative of more legs to the recent rally in gold," Sachdeva of Religare Securities said.

A stronger greenback makes dollar-denominated gold more expensive for buyers paying in other currencies while a slower pace of interest rate gains would help maintain demand for non-interest bearing gold.

Spot gold may break a support at $1,281 per ounce and fall to the next support at $1,265, following its failure to break a trendline falling from the July 11, 2016 high of $1,374.71, technical analyst Wang Tao said.

Spot silver edged up 0.1 percent to $18.40 per ounce, after hitting over a five month high of $18.649 in the prior session.

Platinum rose 0.3 percent to $982.50 per ounce, while palladium rose 0.1 percent to $789.90.

(Reporting By Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Joseph Radford and Christian Schmollinger)

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