Feb 19 (Reuters) - Gold prices were steady near 10-month peaks on
Tuesday as the dollar held little changed and markets awaited clarity
on U.S.-China trade talks, while palladium struck a record high on
* Spot gold was little changed at $1,326.10 per ounce as of
0048 GMT, after touching a 10-month high of $1,327.64 an ounce in the
* U.S. gold futures rose 0.5 percent to $1,328.9 an ounce.
* Palladium hit a record high of $1,459 an ounce in early trade
as a sustained supply deficit boosted the autocatalyst metal
* The dollar index versus a basket of six major currencies was
little changed at 96.784 after ending the previous session flat.
U.S. financial markets were closed on Monday for Presidents' Day.
* Asian shares hovered near a four-month peak on Tuesday,
supported by hopes that Sino-U.S. trade talks were making positive
progress and expectations of policy stimulus from central banks.
* The United States and China will resume trade talks this week in
Washington, with U.S. President Donald Trump saying he may extend a
March 1 deadline for a deal. Both sides reported progress at last
week's talks in Beijing.
* The United States has blocked efforts by a U.N. agency to
improve civil aviation in North Korea to maintain sanctions pressure
ahead of a second summit between President Donald Trump and leader Kim
Jong Un in Vietnam in late February.
* Minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting are due on
Wednesday and should provide more guidance on the likelihood of rate
increases this year. There is also talk the bank will keep a much
larger balance sheet than previously planned.
* The U.S. Commerce Department sent a report on Sunday to U.S.
President Donald Trump that could unleash steep tariffs on imported
cars and auto parts, provoking a sharp backlash from the industry even
before it is unveiled, the agency confirmed.
DATA/EVENT AHEAD (GMT) 0930 Britain Unemployment Claimant Count
Jan 0930 Britain Employment Change Dec 0930 Britain
Average Wk Earnings 3M YY Dec 1000 Germany ZEW Economic
Sentiment Feb 1000 Germany ZEW Current Conditions Feb 1300
Russia Unemployment Rate Jan 1500 U.S. NAHB Housing
Market Index Feb ECB Vice President Luis de Guindos participates in
a panel session at the 2019 European Parliamentary Week in Brussels.
(Reporting by Karthika Suresh Namboothiri in Bengaluru; editing by
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