* Spot gold
* Spot gold has risen 0.3 percent so far this week.
* U. S. gold futures
* The dollar index <. DXY>, which measures the greenback against six rival currencies, was down 0.2 percent at 91.707, after earlier falling to its lowest since Sept. 20, 2017 at 91.689.
* The ECB should revisit its communication stance in early 2018, accounts of its December meeting showed, suggesting that policymakers could soon start preparing markets for the end of the bank's massive stimulus.
* The greenback was also under pressure after data showed U.
S. producer prices fell for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years in December amid declining costs for services.
* Weak inflation at the producer level could add to concerns that the factors restraining inflation could become more persistent and result in the U. S. Federal Reserve being more cautious about raising interest rates this year.
* Higher rates could dent demand for non-interest-paying gold.
* Brent crude prices hit $70 a barrel on signs of tightening crude stocks but settled off that level on Thursday.
* Asian stocks resumed their ascent on Friday, supported by U. S. earnings optimism and a rise in oil prices.
* One person was killed and part of South Africa's Royal Bafokeng Platinum's (RBPlat)
(Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)
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