SINGAPORE, May 21 (Reuters) - Gold drifted lower for an
eighth session out of nine on Tuesday on outflows from
exchange-traded funds and as the dollar firmed, putting more
pressure on bullion which has already lost nearly a fifth of its
value this year.
Silver also dropped, after recovering from Monday's early
dive when it hit 2-1/2-year lows.
* Spot gold had fallen 0.4 percent to $1,387.86 an
ounce by 0042 GMT. The price rose 2.6 percent on Monday after a
seven-session slide -- the metal's longest losing streak since
* U.S. gold futures gained 0.2 percent to $1,386.60.
* Growing fears the U.S. Federal Reserve could soon halt its
bond-buying programme has also trimmed gold's appeal as an
* Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of
Chicago, said the Fed could continue on its bond-buying
programme through the summer, but end it abruptly in the autumn
if by then it is confident that the improvement in the jobs
outlook is here to stay.
* Spot silver fell 1.1 percent to $22.67, not far off
Monday's low of $20.84. Spot silver closed up 3 percent
overnight after falling as much as 6 percent.
* U.S. silver futures were up 0.3 percent at $22.65
an ounce after sliding by up to 9 percent during the early
sell-off in Asia on Monday.
* SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed
exchange-traded fund, said its holdings stood at 1,031.50 tonnes
on Monday, the lowest in more than four years.
* Holdings of the largest silver ETF, the iShares Silver
Trust are at the lowest since mid-January.
* India, the world's top gold consumer, will take more steps
if necessary to curb gold imports after the country's overseas
purchases of gold and silver shot up 138 percent in April.
* The dollar gained versus a basket of currencies
after retreating broadly on Monday as traders pared back
expectations Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke would hint at tapering
U.S. bond purchases this week.
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Precious metals prices 0042 GMT
Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume
Spot Gold 1387.86 -5.18 -0.37 -17.12
Spot Silver 22.67 -0.25 -1.09 -25.13
Spot Platinum 1478.50 -9.00 -0.61 -3.68
Spot Palladium 743.47 -3.53 -0.47 7.44
COMEX GOLD JUN3 1386.60 2.50 +0.18 -17.26 5068
COMEX SILVER JUL3 22.65 0.06 +0.28 -25.09 1431
COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months
(Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Manolo Serapio Jr.
and Joseph Radford)