SINGAPORE, Feb 12 Gold slipped on Tuesday,
trading near its weakest level in a month as the Lunar New Year
break in Asia curbed physical demand, while Tokyo bullion
futures softened after hitting a record high last week.
* Gold fell $2.05 an ounce to $1,645.60 by 0030 GMT,
not far from $1,643 marked on Monday, it weakest since Jan. 7.
Gold ended up around 7 percent in 2012 - the 12th straight year
of gains, making it one of the longest bull runs ever for a
* U.S. gold was at $1,646.20 an ounce, down $2.90.
* Tokyo gold futures softened 28 yen to 5,002 yen a
gram with speculators taking profits from last week's rally to
an all-time high of 5,081 yen a gram. Trading was closed on
Monday for a holiday.
* Markets reopened in Japan and South Korea, but Singapore,
Hong Kong, mainland China, Malaysia and Taiwan remained closed.
* Booming demand for gold as a store of wealth among Asian
investors is driving physical gold bars and coins out of the
United States and into Asia.
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* The yen hovered near fresh lows against the dollar and
Japanese stocks jumped on Tuesday after a U.S. official voiced
support for Japan's drive to beat deflation, assuaging fears
that criticism of its aggressive stance on monetary policy would
* Two G20 officials said separately the Group of Seven
nations are considering issuing a statement reaffirming their
commitment to "market-determined" exchange rates.
0500 Japan Consumer confid. index Jan 2013 JPCONI=ECI
1245 U.S. ICSC chain stores yy Weekly USUBSY=ECI
1900 U.S. Federal budget,$ Jan USGDEF=ECI
2130 U.S. API weekly crude stocks Weekly USOIAC=ECI
2130 U.S. API weekly dist. stocks Weekly USOIAD=ECI
2130 U.S. API weekly gasoline stk Weekly USOIAG=ECI
N/A India Industrial Output yy Dec 2012 INIP=ECI
Precious metals prices 0030 GMT
Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume
Spot Gold 1645.60 -2.05 -0.12 -1.73
Spot Silver 30.84 -0.05 -0.16 1.85
Spot Platinum 1687.75 2.75 +0.16 9.95
Spot Palladium 754.72 -1.28 -0.17 9.06
COMEX GOLD APR3 1646.20 -2.90 -0.18 -1.77 2680
COMEX SILVER MAR3 30.86 -0.05 -0.16 2.08 725
COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months
(Reporting by Lewa Pardomuan; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)