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PRECIOUS-Gold steady ahead of U.S. jobs data, but heads for best week since March

Gold prices held steady on Friday ahead of the U.S. jobs report that could help investors gauge the Federal Reserve's rate-hike path, and were headed for their biggest weekly gain since March. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold was little changed at $1,709.69 per ounce, as of 0123 GMT. * Prices have risen about 3% so far in the week, helped by a retreat in the dollar and Treasury yields from multi-year peaks. * U.S. gold futures were flat at $1,719.9

FOREX-Dollar ascendant as focus turns to jobs data

The dollar was strongly poised on Friday, buoyed by a chorus of hawkish Federal Reserve speakers and as investors bet a solid jobs data later in the day will keep the world's biggest central bank on its aggressive tightening path to tame inflation.

FACTBOX-Who is financing Elon Musk's $44 billion deal to buy Twitter?

Elon Musk has pledged to provide $46.5 billion in equity and debt financing for his acquisition of Twitter, which covers the $44 billion price tag and closing costs. While Musk will provide much of the funding after selling down his stake in electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc and by leaning on equity financing from large investors, major banks have committed to provide $13 billion. Below are details of participants in the Twitter deal and their financing commitment

EXPLAINER-How will Elon Musk pay for Twitter?

Elon Musk bought himself some time on Thursday, after a judge accepted the billionaire's request to halt a Twitter lawsuit to allow him to close his proposed $44 billion buyout of the social media company by Oct. 28.

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