Gold Steady at $1293 awaiting U.S. Economic Data

Gold was little changed on Tuesday as investors await U.S. economic data for directional cues, while platinum group metals rose for a second day as labor strikes dragged on in key producer South Africa.

Spot gold was flat at $1,292.40 an ounce by 0027 GMT. The metal has been trading in a tight range in the last few sessions, struggling to get past $1,300.

Investors were also eyeing developments in Ukraine, after it launched air strikes and a paratrooper assault against pro-Russian rebels who seized an airport on Monday.  Ukraine’s newly elected leader rejected any talks with “terrorists” and said a robust military campaign in the east should be able to put down a separatist revolt in “a matter of hours”.


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