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PRECIOUS-Gold steady on easing dollar, stocks amid hawkish central banks

    BENGALURU, June 30 (Reuters) - Gold prices steadied on
Friday, supported by an easing dollar and falling equities even
as comments from global central banks suggested monetary
tightening in Europe and Canada.
    * Spot gold        was nearly flat at $1,245.08 per ounce at
0104 GMT. It was set to end about 1 percent lower for the week,
about 2 percent lower for month. For the quarter, gold is down
0.3 percent.
    * U.S. gold futures         for August delivery fell 0.1
percent to $1,245.10 per ounce.
    * The dollar extended its losses on Friday as major central
banks signalled that the era of cheap money was coming to an end
in a boon to sterling, the euro and Canadian dollar, while Asian
shares were hit by dismal performances of European and U.S.
    * The world's top central bankers have delivered what seems
to be a collective message this week that quantitative easing is
being put back in its box and interest rates are going up - and
global markets are taking note.                 
    * British Prime Minister Theresa May won backing for her
policy programme with a slender parliamentary majority on
Thursday in the first test of her authority after an election
setback and growing pressure on her Brexit and austerity agenda.
    * Gold premiums in India jumped to the highest level in
7-1/2 months this week as consumers advanced purchases to avoid
paying higher tax when a new nationwide sales tax takes effect
from July 1.         
    * Gabriel Resources Ltd          will seek $4.4 billion in
damages from Romania for losses related to its long-stalled
Rosia Montana gold mine project in a claim that the Canadian
miner plans to file Friday with a World Bank Tribunal.
    * Mali exported more than 16 tonnes of artisanally mined
gold in the first four months of this year, the mines minister
said on Thursday citing customs data, and is on track to export
50 tonnes for the year, equalling industrial output.
    * The U.S. economy slowed less than feared in the first
quarter due largely to a jump in consumer spending, providing a
slightly more encouraging outlook for growth this year.
     0100  China            Official manufacturing PMI       Jun
     0100  China            Official non-manufacturing PMI   Jun
     0600  Germany          Retail sales                     May
     0645  France           Consumer spending                May
     0645  France           Consumer prices                  Jun
     0800  Germany          Unemployment rate                Jun
     0830  Britain          GDP                              Q1 
     0900  Euro zone        Inflation flash                  Jun
     1230  U.S.             Personal income                  May
     1345  U.S.             Chicago PMI                      Jun

 (Reporting by Nithin Prasad in Bengaluru; Editing by Richard