SINGAPORE, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Gold traded little changed on
Tuesday, retaining the more than 1-percent rise from the
previous session driven by Middle East tensions, but a stronger
dollar weighed on sentiment after Moody's downgraded France's
* Spot gold was little changed at $1,731.26 an ounce
by 0101 GMT, after posting its biggest one-day gain in about two
weeks on Monday.
* U.S. gold edged down 0.2 percent to $1,731.80.
* Moody's stripped France of its prized triple-A badge on
Monday, cutting the sovereign credit rating on Europe's No. 2
economy by one notch to Aa1 from Aaa, citing an uncertain fiscal
outlook and deteriorating economy.
* U.S. home resales rose in October and a gauge of
homebuilder sentiment climbed to a six-year high in November,
signs of surprising vigour in the country's still-struggling
* Greece approved laws on Monday to enforce budget targets
and ensure privatisation proceeds are used to pay off debt,
seeking to appease foreign lenders before a critical meeting of
euro zone finance ministers.
* The Bank of Japan is expected to stand its ground by
keeping monetary policy unchanged on Tuesday in the face of
calls from the country's likely next prime minister to pursue
* Australia's central bank said it was still open to
interest rate cuts but judged it appropriate to leave policy
unchanged in November due to a pick-up in inflation at home and
a slightly more positive global backdrop.
* The tension in the Middle East keeps safe-haven demand in
gold buoyed. Israel's leaders weighed the benefits and risks of
sending tanks and infantry into Gaza after six days of
Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli air strikes have killed over
* Holdings of the gold-backed exchange-traded funds edged
down to 75.406 million ounces on Nov. 19, not far off the record
high of 75.421 million ounces hit last week.
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* U.S. stocks bounced higher for a second consecutive
session on Monday as investors were encouraged by the early
atmosphere surrounding talks to tackle the nation's fiscal
* U.S. crude oil futures eased on Tuesday as the U.S. dollar
firmed against the euro after Moody's downgraded France's
sovereign rating, but the fall was limited by festering tensions
in the Middle East.
* The euro eased from a near two-week high after Moody's
stripped France's top-notch rating, while the dollar firmed a
touch against a basket of currencies.
Bank of Japan announces outcome of policy meeting
Eurogroup meeting, Brussels
0700 Germany Producer prices Oct
1245 U.S. ICSC weekly chain store sales
1330 U.S. Building permits Oct
1330 U.S. Housing starts Oct
1715 U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke speaks
Precious metals prices 0101 GMT
Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume
Spot Gold 1731.26 -0.19 -0.01 10.71
Spot Silver 33.12 0.02 +0.06 19.61
Spot Platinum 1575.99 5.19 +0.33 13.14
Spot Palladium 639.72 2.72 +0.43 -1.96
COMEX GOLD DEC2 1731.80 -2.60 -0.15 10.53 3233
COMEX SILVER DEC2 33.12 -0.07 -0.22 18.63 856
COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months
(Reporting by Rujun Shen; Editing by Ed Davies)