SINGAPORE, Oct 3 Gold dipped slightly on
Wednesday but held near an 11-month high hit, as uncertainty
over Spain's bailout plan kept investors on their toes while
they wait for a key U.S. job market report expected to show the
effectiveness of the latest stimulus.
* Spot gold edged down 0.1 percent to $1,773.10 an
ounce by 0030 GMT. It hit $1,791.20 earlier this week, its
highest level since last November.
* U.S. gold was little changed at $1,775.50.
* Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday a
request for European aid was not imminent following a report the
country could apply for help as soon as this weekend.
* Ratings agency Moody's will announce the results of a
review of Spain's sovereign debt rating, which currently stands
just one notch away from losing investment grade, some time this
month, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
* Investors will closely watch the U.S. non-farm payrolls
data due Friday. Job growth likely improved only slightly in
September as businesses remained cautious out of fear a sharp
tightening of the government's budget could deliver a big blow
to the economic recovery early next year.
* Anglo American Platinum, the world's top platinum
producer, warned on Tuesday that security had worsened at its
strike-hit South African mines as several thousand gold miners
rallied over pay in the dispute-plagued industry.
* Strong U.S. auto sales data helped platinum group metals,
widely used in autocatalyst production. Sales last month posted
their best showing in 4-1/2 years, helped by cheap financing,
rising consumer confidence and a major rebound by Toyota Motor
* Spot palladium inched up 0.3 percent to $649. Spot
platinum traded nearly flat at $1,670.
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* Wall Street ended little changed in a volatile session on
Tuesday as uncertainty over when Spain might apply for a bailout
shackled a market struggling to build on gains that took the S&P
500 to its highest in nearly five years.
* The euro started trade on Wednesday slightly on the back
foot after Spain dented hopes that it would soon ask for a
bailout, while the Australian dollar threw a fit on prospects of
more domestic interest rate cuts following Tuesday's easing.
0748 France Markit Services PMI
0753 Germany Markit Services PMI
0758 Euro zone Markit Services PMI
0900 Euro zone Retail sales
1215 U.S. ADP employment report
1400 U.S. ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI
Precious metals prices 0030 GMT
Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume
Spot Gold 1773.10 -1.90 -0.11 13.38
Spot Silver 34.52 -0.07 -0.20 24.67
Spot Platinum 1670.00 1.00 +0.06 19.89
Spot Palladium 649.00 1.80 +0.28 -0.54
COMEX GOLD DEC2 1775.50 -0.10 -0.01 13.32 1631
COMEX SILVER DEC2 34.60 -0.07 -0.21 23.93 546
COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months
(Reporting by Rujun Shen)