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Gold prices were steady near the key $1,900 per ounce level in early Asian trade on Monday supported by expectations of a new U.S. stimulus package before Election Day.

Oct 19 (Reuters) - Gold prices were steady near the key $1,900 per ounce level in early Asian trade on Monday supported by expectations of a new U.S. stimulus package before Election Day.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold was little changed at $1,900.21 per ounce by 0058 GMT.

* U.S. gold futures were down 0.2% at $1,902.90.

* House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that differences remained with President Donald Trump's administration on a wide-ranging coronavirus relief package but that she was optimistic legislation could be pushed through before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

* Britain and the European Union will on Monday attempt to breathe life into post-Brexit trade talks that appeared all but dead last week, with each side telling the other it needed to fundamentally change course.

* Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Sunday there was no need to change the central bank's inflation target or forward guidance, even though the United States and Europe are reviewing their policy frameworks to seek better ways to prop up growth.

* Physical gold dealers in India continued to stock up last week ahead of an expected festival sales bump, while the Golden Week in top consumer China did little to revive bullion demand.

* Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust , the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.27% to 1,272.56 tonnes on Friday.

* Speculators decreased their bullish positions in COMEX gold and silver contracts in the week to Oct. 13, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.

* Silver rose 0.1% to $24.20 per ounce, platinum rose 0.2% to $862.09 and palladium rose 0.3% to $2,338.99.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT)

0200 China GDP Q3

0200 China Industrial Output Sept

0200 China Urban Investment (YTD) Sept

0200 China Retail Sales Sept

1400 U.S. NAHB Housing Market Index Oct

1545 Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida speaks on

"U.S. Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy" before virtual

American Bankers Association Convention (Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel) ((eileen.soreng@thomsonreuters.com; Within U.S. +1 646 223 8780, Outside U.S. +91 80 6749 6131; Reuters Messaging: eileen.soreng.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)) Keywords: GLOBAL PRECIOUS/

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