PRECIOUS-Gold climbs, but stays near 3-week low
SINGAPORE, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Gold climbed on Wednesday as investors looked for bargains, but it stayed near its lowest level in almost three weeks as hopes that a U.S. military strike against Syria could be averted sapped its safe-haven appeal.
* Gold had risen $1.41 to $1,365.00 an ounce by 0029 GMT. It dropped to $1,357.34 on Tuesday, its weakest since August 22, after crude oil fell on easing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.
* Bullion is also under pressure from expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will opt to taper its monetary stimulus programme after the Fed's Open Market Committee meeting on Sept. 17-18.
* U.S. gold was up $1.10 at $1,365.10 an ounce.
* Syria accepted a proposal to give up chemical weapons and win a reprieve from U.S. military strikes, but serious differences emerged between Russia and the United States that could obstruct a U.N. resolution to seal a deal.
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* The yen was soft while the euro and risk currencies held firm on Wednesday on hopes a U.S. military strike against Syria may be averted, as well as on signs of strength in the Chinese economy.
* Japan's benchmark Nikkei average opened up 0.61 percent at 14,511.74 on Wednesday, while the broader Topix gained 0.74 percent to 1,199.03.
* Oil prices on both sides of the Atlantic fell by more than $2 a barrel on Tuesday.
DATA/EVENTS (GMT) 1100 U.S. Weekly mortgage market index 1400 U.S. Wholesale inventories
Precious metals prices 0029 GMT
Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume Spot Gold 1365.00 1.41 +0.10 -18.49 Spot Silver 23.05 0.11 +0.48 -23.88 Spot Platinum 1471.74 4.14 +0.28 -4.12 Spot Palladium 693.22 1.71 +0.25 0.18 COMEX GOLD DEC3 1365.10 1.10 +0.08 -18.54 1963 COMEX SILVER DEC3 23.09 0.07 +0.32 -23.81 603 Euro/Dollar 1.3273 Dollar/Yen 100.26
COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months
(Reporting by Lewa Pardomuan; Editing by Joseph Radford)