Gold prices were flat early Thursday while the dollar stayed firm helped by higher long-term U.S. Treasury yields, though lingering U.S.-China trade tensions kept the greenback`s gains in check.FUNDAMENTALS
* Spot gold
* The dollar index <.dxy>, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, was up about 0.1 percent at 89.673.
* "Robust" business borrowing, rising consumer spending, and tight labour markets indicate the U.S. economy remains on track for continued growth, the Federal Reserve reported on Wednesday, with the risks of a global trade war the one big outlier.
* U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he hoped an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be successful after a recent visit to Pyongyang by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, but warned he would call it off if he did not think it would produce results.
* Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday they had agreed to intensify trade consultations between the two longtime allies, with an aim to expand investment and trade between both countries.
* British inflation unexpectedly cooled to a one-year low in March, calling into question whether the Bank of England will raise interest rates more than once before the end of the year.
* Russian gold and silver producer Polymetal
* Demand for physical gold was lower-than-usual during a key festival in the world`s second biggest consumer India as local prices peaked and a cash crunch curbed retail spending.
* Sri Lanka imposed a 15 percent tax on imported gold with effect from Wednesday to prevent illegal smuggling of the metal from the island nation, a finance ministry official said.
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