Aug 27 (Reuters) - Gold prices were mostly unchanged on Thursday after rising more than 1% in the previous session on a weaker U.S. dollar, as investors awaited a speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell due later in the day.
* Spot gold
* U.S. gold futures
* The dollar index fell 0.2% to a near one-week low against its rivals, making gold less expensive for holders of other currencies.
* Powell is set to speak at a virtual Jackson Hole symposium on Thursday, where he is expected to provide more insight on the U.S. central bank's strategy on inflation and monetary policy.
* Japan wants to avert another state of emergency and needs to consider more stimulus to revive the economy, the government's top spokesman said.
* Republicans in the U.S. Congress are working on a narrow coronavirus stimulus bill that could be circulated to rank-and-file lawmakers as soon as this week, CNBC reported on Wednesday.
* Gold tends to benefit from widespread stimulus measures from central banks because it is widely viewed as a hedge against inflation and currency debasement.
* SPDR Gold Trust
* Asian stocks will likely climb on Thursday after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq rallied to fresh records on upbeat corporate results. [MKTS/GLOB]
* The United States on Wednesday blacklisted 24 Chinese companies and targeted individuals it said were part of construction and military actions in the South China Sea.
DATA/EVENTS (GMT) 1230 US
GDP 2nd Estimate
Q2 1230 US
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