BENGALURU, May 3(Reuters) - Gold prices rose for a second
session on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve held interest
rates steady as expected at the end of a two-day policy meeting,
while investors awaited U.S.-China trade talks.
    Spot gold        was up 0.3 percent at $1,308.31 per ounce,
as of 0351 GMT. U.S. gold futures         for June delivery rose
0.3 percent to $1,309.20 per ounce.
    "The inflation numbers this week did point to a potential
acceleration in those (interest) rate hikes... But after the
FOMC meeting yesterday that appears to be less likely and so
we're seeing assets such as gold being bought at the back of
that," said ANZ analyst Daniel Hynes.
    Non-yielding gold is highly sensitive to rising U.S.
interest rates as it becomes less attractive compared with
assets that bear interest.
    The Fed left its benchmark interest rates unchanged in a
target range of between 1.50 percent and 1.75 percent. The
central bank raised rates in March and forecasts another two
increases this year.             
    Investors also awaited the U.S.-China trade talks between
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier
Liu He due on Thursday.
    "Safe-haven buying has been absent, of late... But there
have been some signals for the past few days that the
negotiations won't be as smooth as expected so that would
definitely be a focus, particularly now that we have gotten past
the FOMC meeting," Hynes added. 
    A breakthrough deal to fundamentally change China's economic
policies is viewed as highly unlikely during the two-day meet,
though a package of short-term Chinese measures could delay a
U.S. decision to impose tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese
    Asian shares were subdued on Thursday ahead of the trade
talks, while the U.S. dollar consolidated recent bumper gains
after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed the outlook for more rate
hikes this year.                   
    Spot gold may bounce again towards a resistance at $1,317
per ounce as it has found a strong support at $1,302, according
to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.             
    Among other precious metals, spot silver        rose 0.4
percent to $16.41 per ounce
    Platinum        climbed 0.9 percent to $897.70 per ounce,
while palladium        rose 0.5 percent to $894.24 per ounce.
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