PRECIOUS-Gold near 1-month low, U.S. budget talks drag

Tue Dec 4, 2012 7:29pm EST

SINGAPORE, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Gold was little changed on
Wednesday, hovering near its weakest in a month as talks between
the White House and Congress to avoid year-end tax hikes and
spending cuts showed little progress and kept investors at bay.
       
    FUNDAMENTALS
    * Gold was quoted at $1,696.15 an ounce by 0013 GMT,
after falling to $1,690.64 on Tuesday, its weakest since Nov. 6,
on heavy fund liquidation and options-related selling.
     * U.S. gold futures for February added $2.10 an
ounce to $1,697.90.      
     * President Barack Obama held his ground on the "fiscal
cliff" on Tuesday, insisting on higher tax rates for the
wealthiest Americans, while Republicans showed increasing
disarray over how far they should go to compromise with Obama's
demands. 
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    MARKET NEWS
    * The euro hovered at seven-week highs against the greenback
on Wednesday but struggled against the Australian dollar, which
gained broadly as investors brushed aside a cut in interest
rates to focus on its still relatively high yield. 
    * Japan's Nikkei share average extended the previous
session's losses on Wednesday as investor sentiment soured after
Wall Street eased on concerns over the U.S. budget tangle. 
    
    DATA/EVENTS (GMT)
    0030 Australia GDP 
    0858 Euro zone Markit Services PMI Nov 
    1000 Euro zone Retail sales Oct 
    1315 U.S. ADP employment report Nov 
    1500 U.S. ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI Nov 
    1500 U.S. Durable goods orders Oct 
    1500 U.S. Factory orders Oct 
        
    PRICES
    
  Precious metals prices 0013 GMT
  Metal             Last    Change  Pct chg  YTD pct chg    Volume
  Spot Gold        1696.15   -0.59   -0.03      8.46
  Spot Silver        32.89   -0.02   -0.06     18.78
  Spot Platinum    1578.75   -0.35   -0.02     13.33
  Spot Palladium    676.49   -1.21   -0.18      3.68
  COMEX GOLD FEB3  1697.90    2.10   +0.12      8.37         1696
  COMEX SILVER MAR3  32.97    0.16   +0.49     18.11          444
  Euro/Dollar       1.3104
  Dollar/Yen         81.84
 
  COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months
 
    
    

 (Reporting by Lewa Pardomuan; Editing by Ed Davies)