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Gold holds steady near one-year low amid firm dollar

Spot gold was unchanged at $1,207.97 an ounce at 0330 GMT, after earlier dropping to the lowest since July 2017 at $1,205.95. For the week, the precious metal was down about 1.3 percent.

Gold prices held steady near a one-year low on Friday amid a resilient US dollar and were headed for a fourth straight weekly fall.

Spot gold was unchanged at $1,207.97 an ounce at 0330 GMT, after earlier dropping to the lowest since July 2017 at $1,205.95. For the week, the precious metal was down about 1.3 percent.

U.S. gold futures were 0.3 percent lower at $1,216.20 an ounce on Friday.

"Support for gold disappeared as a stronger U.S. dollar weighed on investor appetite. Gold prices fell below $1,210/oz and now appear destined to break below the key psychological barrier of $1,200/oz in the coming days," ANZ analysts said in a note.

The dollar climbed to a two-week high against a basket of major currencies and stayed firm against the yuan as worries about an escalation in trade tensions between the United States and China supported the U.S. currency.

The greenback was also supported by strong U.S. economic data and outlook for higher interest rates. Higher U.S. rates tend to boost the greenback, in which the metal is priced.

"The most recent data suggests continued weakness for gold amid a stronger U.S. dollar index," said John Sharma, an economist at National Australia Bank.

"The only reason I can think of Asia having a higher price is due to opportunistic buying at the dips by Asian investors in China and elsewhere."

Meanwhile, Asian stocks were under pressure from the latest exchange of trade threats between Beijing and Washington.

China vowed on Thursday to retaliate if the United States acted on a threat to raise tariffs on the Asian nation's exports, fuelling fears in financial markets that the trade war between the world's two biggest economies would escalate.

Elsewhere, the Bank of England pushed interest rates above their financial crisis lows on Thursday, but signalled it was in no hurry to raise them further as Britain heads for Brexit next year with no clear plan for leaving the European Union.

Among other precious metals, silver fell 0.3 percent to $15.26 an ounce, platinum was unchanged at $822.15 an ounce and palladium edged up 0.1 percent to $912.47 an ounce.

All three precious metals were, however, headed for weekly losses.