PRECIOUS-Gold holds steady as weaker dollar offsets upbeat risk sentiment

    Oct 6 (Reuters) - Gold prices were steady on Tuesday, having
hit a near-two week high in the previous session, as a softer
dollar countered pressure from an upbeat risk sentiment.
    * Spot gold        traded at $1,912.49 per ounce by 0108
GMT. Prices hit $1,918.36 on Monday, a peak since Sept. 22.
    * U.S. gold futures        were little changed at $1,919.30.
    * U.S. President Donald Trump returned to the White House on
Monday after a three-night hospital stay where he was being
treated for COVID-19.             
    * Asia's stock markets edged higher on Trump's health update
and prospects of a U.S. stimulus package, while the dollar index
       dipped 0.1% against rivals.                   
    * U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary
Steven Mnuchin spoke on the coronavirus economic relief and were
preparing to talk again Tuesday, continuing their work towards a
deal on legislation.             
    * Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans said
on Monday he expects U.S. inflation to reach 2% by 2023 and
wants to push it to 2.5% to offset years of below-target price
    * The euro zone's economic recovery faltered in September,
with growing evidence that sectors and countries in the bloc are
diverging as a resurgence of the novel coronavirus forces the
reimposition of restrictions on activity.             
    * Silver        rose 0.1% to $24.37 per ounce, platinum
       inched 0.1% higher to $897.99, while palladium       
dipped 0.2% to $2,356.85. 

    0330  Australia  RBA Cash Rate         Oct
    0500  India      IHS Markit Svcs PMI   Sept
    0600  Germany    Industrial Orders MM  Aug
    1230  US         International Trade   Aug

 (Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; editing by