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* Spot gold up more than 1 percent this week
Gold steadied on Friday after hitting a nine-month peak in the previous session, as the market awaited U.S. jobs data for indications on the strength of the world's biggest economy.
Feb 1 Gold steadied on Friday after hitting a
nine-month peak in the previous session, as the market awaited
U.S. jobs data for indications on the strength of the world's
* Global demand for gold rose 4 percent last year- WGC
Jan 31 Gold rose to its highest in nine months
on Thursday, after the U.S. Federal Reserve paused its monetary
tightening cycle, denting the dollar and putting bullion on
track for its fourth straight monthly gain.
* Markets also eye U.S.-China trade talks
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Jitters over global growth and a possible pause to U.S. monetary tightening are expected to set gold prices up for gains in 2019, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday, but the metal will struggle to break above recent highs.
Gold jumped to its highest in more than eight-months on Tuesday, on doubts surrounding U.S.-China trade relations and ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting with increasing expectations for a pause to the central bank's rate hike trajectory.
* Charges against China's Huawei exec add to uncertainty on