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PRECIOUS-Gold holds steady as focus turns to U.S. stimulus, election

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Gold prices were stable on Tuesday, hovering above the $1,900 level, as investors awaited further clarity on whether a new U.S. coronavirus stimulus package will be forthcoming before next month's presidential election.

* Gold investors awaiting new market drivers - analyst

* Looking for more clarity on U.S. stimulus talks

* Gold has risen nearly 26% this year

* Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser (Recasts, adds comments, updates prices)

By Brijesh Patel

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Gold prices were stable on Tuesday, hovering above the $1,900 level, as investors awaited further clarity on whether a new U.S. coronavirus stimulus package will be forthcoming before next month's presidential election.

Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,906.26 per ounce by 0925 GMT. U.S. gold futures eased 0.1% to $1,909.60.

The dollar index slipped 0.2% against its rivals, lending support to gold by making the metal less expensive for holders of other currencies.

"Investors' focus is on the new aid package for the U.S. economy, whether it will be successfully placed before the elections," Commerzbank analyst Eugen Weinberg said.

"The U.S. election is itself very important. The market is also (evaluating) chances of each candidate and its impact on the monetary policy going forward."

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin "continued to narrow their differences" about the package, Pelosi's spokesman Drew Hammill said.

Gold, which has risen nearly 26% so far this year, tends to benefit from widespread stimulus measures from central banks because the metal is viewed as a hedge against inflation and currency debasement.

"In the last few days, there hasn't been much volatility on bullion as investors are awaiting new market drivers," ActivTrades' chief analyst Carlo Alberto De Casa said in a note.

"Only a clear climb above $1,930 would give new strength to the price, while although the bull trend seems to be in pause, it is definitely not yet dead."

Elsewhere, silver gained 0.3% to $24.57 per ounce and platinum dipped 0.1% to $855.26, while palladium rose 0.2% to $2,348.39. (Reporting by Brijesh Patel in Bengaluru; Editing by Susan Fenton) ((Brijesh.Patel1@thomsonreuters.com; Within U.S. +1 651 848 5832, Outside U.S. +91 8067493865; Reuters Messaging: Brijesh.Patel1.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)) Keywords: GLOBAL PRECIOUS/ (UPDATE 4)

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