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PRECIOUS-Gold Rises as Italy Vote Uncertainty Boosts Safe-Haven Appeal
Feb 26,2013 11:39CST
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Spot gold inched up on Tuesday, extending gains from the previous session as uncertainty over Italy's election results stoked fears of a resurgent euro zone debt crisis.

SINGAPORE, Feb 26 - Spot gold inched up on Tuesday, extending gains from the previous session as uncertainty over Italy's election results stoked fears of a resurgent euro zone debt crisis, boosting bullion's appeal as a safe-haven investment.
   
FUNDAMENTALS
* Spot gold had edged up 0.1 percent to $1,595.41 an ounce by 0034 GMT, extending gains into the fourth straight session.
   
* U.S. gold was up half a percent at $1,595.10.
   
* Election projections show that no party is likely to win a majority in the upper house of Italy's Senate, fuelling worries about revived political uncertainty in the euro zone's third-largest economy, which could reignite the debt crisis.
 
* Investors will closely watch U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony to Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday, to seek clues on the Fed's attitude on its monetary policy.
 
* Likely government budget cuts and the prospect for messy political fights over fiscal policy will weigh on the U.S. economy this year and hold growth to a tepid 2.4 percent, according to a survey of forecasters published on Monday.

* Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, dropped 7.83 tonnes, or 0.61 percent, to 1,272.848 tonnes on Feb 25, the lowest since August
2012.
   
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MARKET NEWS
* U.S. stocks on Monday suffered their biggest drop since November after the strong showing in Italian elections by groups opposed to the country's economic reforms.
   
* The euro crouched near a six-week low against the dollar while the yen kept some distance from multi-month lows on Tuesday.
   
    DATA/EVENTS (GMT)
 1245 U.S.   ICSC weekly chain store sales                     
 1400 U.S.   CaseShiller housing index                         
 1400 U.S.   FHFA home price index                             
 1500 U.S.   New home sales                                    
 1500 U.S.   Consumer confidence                                
 1500 U.S.   Richmond Fed composite index                      
 1500 U.S.   Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke delivers semi-annual testimony to U.S. Senate Banking Committee
       
    PRICES
   
    Precious metals prices 0034 GMT
  Metal             Last    Change  Pct chg  YTD pct chg    Volume
  Spot Gold        1595.41    1.55   +0.10     -4.73
  Spot Silver        29.05    0.04   +0.14     -4.06
  Spot Platinum    1610.00    5.50   +0.34      4.89
  Spot Palladium    738.00    4.78   +0.65      6.65
  COMEX GOLD APR3  1595.10    8.50   +0.54     -4.82         3627
  COMEX SILVER MAR3  29.02    0.03   +0.10     -4.02          787
  Euro/Dollar       1.3081
  Dollar/Yen         92.62
  COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months  
   
 

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