SINGAPORE, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Gold traded steady on Tuesday,
striving to extend gains into a third straight session as
investors expect the European Central Bank to take actions to
contain the region's debt crisis.
* Spot gold inched up 60 cents to $1,610.99 an ounce
by 0038 GMT, after two sessions of consecutive gains.
* U.S. gold futures contract for December delivery
edged down 0.1 percent to $1,613.90.
* The sentiment in Europe's government debt market improved,
with two-year Spanish yields falling to less than half the level
in late July, as investors expect the European Central Bank to
eventually buy short-dated bonds.
* The majority of Wall Street dealers expect the U.S.
Federal Reserve to launch another round of quantitative easing
as soon as September, though a top Fed official said new
stimulus measures so close to a presidential election would be a
* Holdings of the iShares Silver Trust, the world's
largest silver-backed exchange-traded fund, inched down to
9,742.43 tonnes on Aug. 3, from 9,759.01 tonnes hit last week --
the highest since late June.
* Spot silver lost 0.1 percent to $27.83.
* Spot platinum, which hit a four-week high of
$1,437.99 in the previous session, was trading at $1,395.75.
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* U.S. stocks closed at three-month highs for the second day
in a row on Monday, extending last week's rally on the hope for
more assistance for the troubled euro zone.
* The euro and commodity currencies held near multi-week
highs on Tuesday, though a lack of fresh news out of the euro
zone and a dearth of major economic data led to a draining of
momentum from the market.
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Precious metals prices 0038 GMT
Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume
Spot Gold 1610.99 0.60 +0.04 3.02
Spot Silver 27.83 -0.03 -0.11 0.51
Spot Platinum 1395.75 0.35 +0.03 0.20
Spot Palladium 576.72 1.92 +0.33 -11.61
COMEX GOLD DEC2 1613.90 -2.30 -0.14 3.01 812
COMEX SILVER SEP2 27.79 -0.07 -0.26 -0.45 241
COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months
(Reporting by Rujun Shen; Editing by Himani Sarkar)