SINGAPORE, Nov 23 Gold was little changed on
Friday but was headed for the second weekly rise in three weeks,
buoyed by a weaker dollar as investors shifted their focus to
the fiscal problems in the United States.
* Spot gold traded nearly flat at $1,729 an ounce by
0059 GMT, headed for a weekly gain of 1 percent.
* U.S. gold inched up 0.1 percent to also stand at
* The euro zone economy is on course for its deepest
downturn since early 2009, while Chinese factories returned to
growth last month bringing better news for the world economy,
business surveys showed on Thursday.
* Two miners were killed in clashes between rival unions in
South Africa on Thursday at a mine run by Harmony Gold,
in a fresh flare-up of labour violence in Africa's largest
economy days after a wave of wildcat strikes ended, police said.
* Spain sold nearly 4 billion euros of bonds with ease at an
auction on Thursday that kicked off its funding programme for a
daunting 2013 when Madrid must shoulder regional debt needs and
will struggle to meet deficit targets.
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* The dollar hovered above the two-week low hit in the
* Asian shares marked time on Friday but were on course for
a weekly gain of nearly 2 percent, after manufacturing surveys
from China and the United States raised hopes that the global
growth outlook is improving at last.
0700 Germany Detailed Q3 GDP
0745 France Business climate index Nov
0900 Germany Ifo business climate index Nov
0900 Italy Retail sales Sep
Precious metals prices 0059 GMT
Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume
Spot Gold 1729.50 0.45 +0.03 10.60
Spot Silver 33.33 0.05 +0.15 20.37
Spot Platinum 1580.75 1.35 +0.09 13.48
Spot Palladium 654.00 -0.40 -0.06 0.23
COMEX GOLD DEC2 1729.90 1.70 +0.10 10.41 29681
COMEX SILVER DEC2 33.33 -0.02 -0.07 19.38 8153
COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months
(Reporting by Rujun Shen; Editing by Ed Davies)