SINGAPORE, Dec 24 Gold gave up early gains and
slipped in thin pre-holiday trade on Monday after a setback in
U.S. talks to avoid a fiscal crisis prompted investors to stay
on the sidelines.
* Gold fell $1.90 an ounce to $1,654.19 -- within
sight of a four-month low of $1,635.09 struck last week.
* But gold remains set for a twelfth straight year of gains
on rock-bottom interest rates, concerns over the financial
stability of the euro zone and diversification into bullion by
* U.S. gold for February fell $4.80 an ounce to
$1,655.30 an ounce.
* Some U.S. lawmakers voiced concern on Sunday the country
would go over "the fiscal cliff" in nine days, triggering harsh
spending cuts and tax hikes, and some Republicans charged that
was President Barack Obama's goal.
* Hedge funds and money managers cut their net long position
in gold to their lowest level since the end of August in the
week to Dec. 18, according to the Commodity Futures Trading
Commission's Commitments of Traders report on Friday.
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* Asian shares steadied in quiet trade on Monday after a
slump late last week, with markets cautious over whether the
United States can avoid a fiscal crisis.
* U.S. crude remained below $89 a barrel on Monday,
extending losses from Friday's 1.6 percent fall after Republican
lawmakers in the United States withheld support for a proposal
to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
No major data release is scheduled for Monday.
Precious metals prices 0048 GMT
Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume
Spot Gold 1654.19 -1.90 -0.11 5.78
Spot Silver 30.02 0.04 +0.13 8.41
Spot Platinum 1538.00 3.75 +0.24 10.41
Spot Palladium 679.49 2.99 +0.44 4.14
COMEX GOLD FEB3 1655.30 -4.80 -0.29 5.65 1690
COMEX SILVER MAR3 30.09 -0.12 -0.39 7.77 460
(Reporting by Lewa Pardomuan; Editing by Himani Sarkar)