BENGALURU, June 22 (Reuters) - Gold prices inched up early
on Friday after hitting a 6-month low the session before, with
the dollar retreating from an 11-month peak.
    * Spot gold        was 0.1-percent higher at $1,268.24 an
ounce by 0057 GMT. It touched its lowest since Dec. 19 at
$1,260.84 on Thursday.
    * U.S. gold futures         for August delivery were nearly
unchanged at $1,270.20 per ounce.
    * The dollar index       , which measures the greenback
against a basket of six major currencies, stood at 94.818. It
hit 95.529 in the previous session, its highest since mid-July
    * The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits
unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to a further tightening in
labour market conditions.             
    * An increasingly shrill exchange of words between the
United States and China that is threatening to trigger a global
trade war has claimed another victim - Germany's auto sector.
    * China's commerce ministry on Thursday accused the United
States of being "capricious" over bilateral trade issues, and
warned that the interests of U.S. workers and farmers ultimately
will be hurt by Washington's penchant for brandishing "big
    * Bank of Japan board member Yukitoshi Funo said on Thursday
that the central bank needs to patiently continue its strong
monetary easing under the current policy, as slowing inflation
keeps the BOJ's 2 percent price target a distant objective.
    * Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust      , the world's largest
gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.50 percent to 824.63
tonnes on Thursday.          
    * Russia produced 51.6 tonnes of gold in the first three
months of 2018, up from 50.9 tonnes in the same period in 2017,
the finance ministry said on Thursday.             
    * Hundreds of feet below thick boreal forest blanketing the
Canadian Shield, a squad of near-silent, battery-powered
machines are tunneling toward gold in a multimillion-dollar
mining experiment to ditch diesel.             
    * Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp          on Thursday
said it had agreed to buy a 5-percent stake in the Yanacocha
gold mine in Peru for $48 million, as it looks to boost its
assets in the metals sector.
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