BENGALURU, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Gold prices held near seven-month
highs on Thursday as the dollar was pressured by rising expectations
the U.S. Federal Reserve will keep interest rates steady this year,
while investors also waited for further news on Sino-U.S. trade talks.
* Spot gold was a tad lower at $1,292.46 per ounce at 0141 GMT,
hovering near Friday's peak of $1,298.42 - a level last seen in June.
* U.S. gold futures rose 0.1 percent to $1,293.20 per ounce.
* Palladium dipped 0.8 percent to $1,316.00, having scaled an
all-time peak of $1,342.43 per ounce on Wednesday after a Chinese
official said the government was contemplating policies to increase
domestic buying of automobiles.
* The dollar index , which tracks the greenback against major
currencies, was marginally lower during early Asian trade.
* A range of U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers said last month
that they could be patient about future interest rate increases and a
few did not support the central bank's rate increase that month,
minutes from their Dec. 18-19 policy meeting showed.
* China's commerce ministry said on Thursday that trade talks with
the United States this week were extensive, deep and detailed, and
established a foundation for the resolution of each others' concerns.
* Asian shares began cautiously on Thursday, struggling to rise
after a multi-day rally.
* U.S. President Donald Trump stormed out of talks with Democratic
congressional leaders on Wednesday over funding for a border wall with
Mexico and reopening the government, complaining the meeting in the
White House was "a total waste of time".
* The U.S. government is currently on the 19th day of a partial
shutdown caused by the dispute over the wall.
* Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an early
defeat to her Brexit plans on Wednesday when parliament demanded the
government come up with a plan-B within days if she loses a vote on
her deal to leave the European Union.
* Holding in the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund,
SPDR Gold Trust , rose 0.33 percent to 799.18 tonnes on Wednesday.
DATA AHEAD (GMT) 0130 China Consumer prices(Dec) 0130 China
Producer prices(Dec) 1330 U.S. Initial jobless claims 1745 U.S.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks at Economic Club of Washington
(Reporting by K. Sathya Narayanan in Bengaluru Editing by Joseph Radford)
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