Gold prices were steady in early Asian trade on Wednesday as the dollar eased amid escalating trade tensions between the United States and China.FUNDAMENTALS
* Spot gold
* U.S. gold futures
* The dollar index <.dxy>, which measures the greenback against six other major currencies, was down 0.1 percent at 90.140.
* The Trump administration on Tuesday raised the stakes in a growing trade showdown with China, announcing 25 percent tariffs on some 1,300 industrial technology, transport and medical products to try to force changes in Beijing`s intellectual property practices.
* China`s commerce ministry said on Wednesday it "strongly condemns and firmly opposes" the proposed U.S. tariffs following the Section 301 probe and will take counter measures, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
* The Perth Mint`s sales of gold products rose about 13 percent in March from a month earlier, while month-on-month silver sales fell for a second month in a row, the mint said in a blog post on its website on Tuesday.
* The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has dropped Axis Bank
* Sberbank CIB, an arm of Russia`s largest lender
* The Modikwa platinum mine in South Africa has halted production after six workers en route to the operation were burnt to death in a petrol bomb attack on a bus, a spokeswoman for African Rainbow Minerals (ARM)
* Randgold Resources Ltd
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