Gold steadied on Monday, hovering near a more-than one week high touched in the previous session after the dollar fell as investors focused on soft U.S. inflation data that overshadowed strong GDP numbers.
* Spot gold was steady at $1,285.59 per ounce at 0123 GMT, having hit its highest since April 16 at $1,288.59 in the previous session.
* U.S. gold futures were also firm at $1,287.70 an ounce.
* The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Friday to snap three days of gains, pressured by soft inflation data from the United States.
* Calm settled over Asian currency markets on Monday as Japan kicked off a week of holidays, giving investors an extra excuse to sit on their hands ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting and U.S. jobs numbers.
* Asian equity markets rose on Monday morning after an acceleration in U.S. economic growth in the first quarter lifted the S&P 500 index to a record closing high, but less upbeat aspects of the U.S. GDP report may limit the day's upside.
* U.S. economic growth accelerated in the first quarter, but the burst in growth was driven by a smaller trade deficit and the largest accumulation of unsold merchandise since 2015, temporary boosters that are seen weighing on the economy later this year.
* Excluding trade, inventories and government spending, the U.S. economy grew at only a 1.3 percent rate in the first quarter, the slowest since the second quarter of 2013.
* Hedge funds and money managers increased their bearish wagers on COMEX gold in the week to April 23, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday. [CFTC/]
* SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.16 percent to 746.69 tonnes on Friday from 747.87 tonnes on Thursday. [GOL/ETF]
* Even as the lift from optimism over prospects for U.S.-China trade detente shows signs of wearing off for the wider U.S. stock market, upbeat sentiment around China's economy could bolster shares of materials companies.