SINGAPORE, May 5 (Reuters) - Silver prices fell 1 percent on Thursday to a one-month low, after the CME Group hiked margin requirement on COMEX silver again, while gold held steady.
* Spot gold was little changed at $1,516.29 an ounce by 0042 GMT, after falling for three sessions straight.
* COMEX gold futures GCcv1 edged up $1.30 to $1,516.60.
* COMEX silver futures SIcv1 fell 1.2 percent to a one-month low of $38.91. Spot silver fell by 1 percent to $38.92.
* The CME Group set successive hikes on COMEX silver futures margin, pushing margin up 84 percent in just eight days. [ID:nN04107715]
* As COMEX silver tumbled under the weight of surging margins, the iShares Silver Trust , the world's largest silver-backed exchange-traded fund, experienced a near 5 percent fall in its holdings. [ID:nL3E7G44R5]
* Mexico massively ramped up its gold reserves in the first quarter of this year, buying over $4 billion of bullion as emerging economies move away from the ailing U.S. dollar, which has dipped to 2-1/2-year lows. [ID:nLDE7431OZ]
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* Weak economic figures heightened stock investors' anxiety over the extended rally, knocking U.S. shares lower for a third day on Wednesday.
* The euro hovered near a 17-month high versus a droopy dollar early in Asia on Thursday as markets braced for more hawkish rhetoric from the European Central Bank after its policy meeting later in the day.
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PRICES Precious metals prices 0042 GMT Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume Spot Gold 1516.29 0.64 +0.04 6.82 Spot Silver 38.92 -0.42 -1.07 26.12 Spot Platinum 1823.00 5.75 +0.32 3.14 Spot Palladium 744.15 0.65 +0.09 -6.92 TOCOM Gold 4072.00 -15.00 -0.37 9.20 22271 TOCOM Platinum 4904.00 41.00 +0.84 4.43 3055 TOCOM Silver 118.70 1.30 +1.11 46.54 1953 TOCOM Palladium 2030.00 -17.00 -0.83 -3.20 197 COMEX GOLD JUN1 1516.60 1.30 +0.09 6.70 2377 COMEX SILVER JUL1 38.91 -0.48 -1.21 25.76 2687 Euro/Dollar 1.4821 Dollar/Yen 80.58 TOCOM prices in yen per gram. Spot prices in $ per ounce. COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months (Reporting by Rujun Shen; Editing by Himani Sarkar)