SINGAPORE, March 13 - Gold traded little changed on Wednesday, holding near a two-week high hit in the previous session when Germany's central bank expressed concerns about the euro zone crisis and the risk of the European Central Bank's moves to stem the crisis.
* Spot gold stood at $1,592.19 an ounce at 0031 GMT, easing from $1,598.2 in the previous session, which was its highest since Feb. 28.
* U.S. gold traded nearly flat at $1,591.50.
* Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's biggest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell for a fourth straight session to 1,236.307 tonnes on March 12, its lowest since October 2011.
* Germany's Bundesbank said the euro zone crisis, which has eased as a result of European Central Bank's funding promises, was not over, and it had set aside billions more euros against what it deems risky ECB moves.
* Italy's borrowing costs will climb on Wednesday at its first sale of long-term debt since Fitch cut its credit rating, but demand for high yields and European Central Bank protection will temper the rise, analysts said.
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* The yen's selloff paused on Wednesday but expectations of radical policy easing from the Bank of Japan meant further weakness was more than likely, while dour UK manufacturing data consigned sterling to the dog house.
* The S&P 500 ended lower on Tuesday, breaking a seven-session string of gains as investors pulled back from technology and financials, but the Dow eked out the smallest of gains to finish at another all-time closing high.
1000 Euro zone Industrial production
1230 U.S. Import/export prices
1230 U.S. Retail sales
1400 U.S. Business inventories
1800 U.S. Federal budget
Precious metals prices 0031 GMT
Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume
Spot Gold 1592.19 0.10 +0.01 -4.92
Spot Silver 29.15 0.05 +0.17 -3.73
Spot Platinum 1592.24 -2.76 -0.17 3.73
Spot Palladium 769.25 -1.25 -0.16 11.16
COMEX GOLD APR3 1591.50 -0.20 -0.01 -5.03 1811
COMEX SILVER MAY3 29.17 -0.01 -0.02 -3.52 625
COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months