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Gold little changed as dollar eases on U.S.-China trade optimism


By Soreng

(Reuters) - Gold prices were little changed on Tuesday, buoyed by a slight retreat in the U.S. dollar amid optimism for a resolution to the U.S.-trade conflict.

Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,309.53 an ounce at 10:55 a.m. EST (1555 GMT), having declined 0.4 percent in the previous session.

U.S. gold futures rose 0.1 percent to $1,312.90.

"Gold is likely to be quiet for the remainder of the week pending on the U.S.-trade talks, and the shutdown," said Bob Haberkorn, at

"If there is an announcement that the government is going to be open and if there's a breakthrough in trade talks, gold will initially sell-off, but traders want to own gold right now with the being dovish."

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against major currencies, eased on Tuesday, cooling after its longest winning streak in two years which was partly buoyed by investors piling into it as a preferred refuge amid worries over the trade row. [USD/]

In the latest development surrounding a logjam in over funding for a border wall with Mexico, U.S. congressional negotiators on Monday reached a tentative deal to try to avert another partial government shutdown on Saturday, which investors fear could have an economic impact.

Gold's momentum, however, was held in check by increased appetite for riskier assets, with world stocks gaining on expectations of an agreement between and [MKTS/GLOB]

U.S. and Chinese officials expressed hopes that the new round of trade talks, which began in on Monday, would bring them closer to easing their nearly year-long trade war.

"A U.S.-trade deal could boost the yuan, allowing Chinese investors to purchase more gold than would otherwise be the case," said in a note.

Investors will also be watching for further clarity on the Fed's monetary policy going forward, analysts said.

Spot gold rose to its highest since late April at $1,326.30 in January, after the kept interest rates steady and said it would be patient on further hikes amid a cloudy outlook for the U.S. economy due to global growth concerns.

On the technical front, "if we now see short-term resistance break around $1,315, then this could lead to further technical follow-up buying pressure towards - and possibly beyond - January's high of $1,326,"'s Razaqzada added.

Among other metals, palladium was 0.6 percent higher at $1,393.54 an ounce, while silver dipped 0.1 percent to $15.69.

Platinum firmed 0.1 percent to $782 an ounce, having touched its lowest since Jan. 2 at $779.50 in the previous session.

(Reporting by and in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 22:43 IST