SINGAPORE, May 9 Gold edged down on Thursday,
after rising more than 1 percent in the previous session, as
speculators booked profits and investors cut their holdings on
bullion exchange-traded funds to their lowest since early 2009.
* Spot gold fell $2.78 an ounce to $1,469.41 by 0045
GMT, with gains in equities also weighing on prices. Gold hit an
intraday high around $1,476 on Wednesday on physical buying and
a drop in the dollar against the euro.
* U.S. gold was at $1,468.90 an ounce, down $4.80.
* SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed
exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.60 percent to
1,051.47 tonnes on Wednesday from 1057.79 tonnes on Tuesday.
* The U.S. Mint will limit dealers' purchases of its
"America the Beautiful" five-ounce silver bullion coins when
they go on sale next week, reflecting soaring physical demand
after a sharp selloff in precious metals.
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* Encouraging global data and Wall Street's extended record
run underpinned Asian shares on Thursday, with Japanese stocks
leading the way to within striking distance of fresh five-year
* The euro held near a one-week high against the dollar and
two-month peaks on its Australian counterpart in early Asian
trade on Thursday, having risen broadly after upbeat German
factory activity data bolstered sentiment.
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Precious metals prices 0045 GMT
Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume
Spot Gold 1469.41 -2.78 -0.19 -12.25
Spot Silver 23.83 -0.06 -0.25 -21.30
Spot Platinum 1496.24 -3.76 -0.25 -2.53
Spot Palladium 690.47 -1.53 -0.22 -0.22
COMEX GOLD JUN3 1468.90 -4.80 -0.33 -12.35 2924
COMEX SILVER JUL3 23.82 -0.11 -0.45 -21.20 430
COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months
(Reporting by Lewa Pardomuan; Editing by Himani Sarkar)