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Gold Prices held Firm on Thursday after Falling as much as 1 % the previous day, with Tensions Surrounding North Korea & the Upcoming French Presidential Election Driving Safe-Haven Demand.ORTH KOREA TENSIONS

Spot Gold was mostly Unchanged at $1,278.74 Per Ounce at 0756 GMT. The Metal Fell 0.8 % on Wednesday in its Worst 1 Day Drop in over a Month.

“Sentiment Overall is that everybody is looking for $1,300 at least by the end of the Week. Sentiment around Geopolitical Issues is really Playing on People’s Minds,” said Spencer Campbell, General Manager with Kaloti Precious Metals in Singapore.KALOTI PRECIOUS METALS“We are seeing a lot more Physical Purchasing, with Shops seeing a 100 % increase in Buying from the Retail Sector,” said Campbell.FILE PHOTO - A salesman shows gold bangles to a customer at a jewellery showroom during Dhanteras in Kolkata

“This Clearly Shows the Pull Back is an Opportunity (to Buy Gold before it Climbs above $1,300).”

Analysts & Traders said Gold would be Supported by Simmering Geopolitical Tensions around North Korea & Nervousness ahead of the 1st Round of France’s Presidential Election.

“With this Weekend’s French Presidential Vote Event Risk, it is hard to see Gold Forming a Meaningful Correction to the Downside before Next Week at the Earliest,” said Jeffrey Halley, Senior Market Analyst at OANDA.FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

“Safe-Haven Buying should continue to Support any Dips.”

Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the World’s Largest Gold-Backed Exchange-Traded Fund, Rose 1.39 % on Wednesday, their Biggest 1 Day Gain since Early September 2016. Holdings Climbed nearly 12 Tonnes from Tuesday to 860.76 Tonnes.

Meanwhile, Spot Silver Gained 0.4 % to $18.15 an Ounce.

Platinum was 0.2 % Higher at $964.74, while Palladium Rose about 1 % at $782.97.