Dec 29 Gold prices crawled up early Thursday,
supported by a softer dollar and weaker Asian equities.
* Spot gold edged up 0.2 percent to $1,144.36 an
ounce by 0044 GMT. Gold has risen about 8 percent so far this
year despite an 8 percent drop in November.
* U.S. gold futures were up 0.4 percent at $1,145.40
* The dollar index, which measures the greenback
against a basket of currencies, eased 0.2 percent at 103.13.
* The dollar sagged against the yen early on Thursday as
U.S. yields dropped overnight to two-week lows, but the
greenback managed to hold steady against the euro and pound.
* Asian shares slipped on Thursday after Wall Street
suffered a mild setback after weeks of gains. MSCI's broadest
index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was
off a slight 0.1 percent.
* Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes fell in
November to their lowest level in nearly a year, a sign rising
interest rates could be weighing on the housing market, the
National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday.
* Shanghai Gold Exchange, the world's biggest physical
bullion exchange, said on Wednesday it will curb the amount of
gold investors can trade at one time, a move analysts said would
limit institutional investors' influence on prices.
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U.S. oil prices fell on Thursday following a surprise build
in the country's crude stocks shown in data published by the
American Petroleum Institute (API) late on Wednesday.
DATA AHEAD (GMT)
0700 GB Nationwide House Price
0900 Eurozone Money M3 Annual Growth
1330 U.S. Initial Jobless Claims
1330 U.S. Jobless Claims 4 week average
(Reporting by Swati Verma in Bengaluru; Editing by Amrutha