Aug 8 - Gold prices were steady early on Tuesday, hovering around nearly two-week lows hit on Friday, with the U.S. dollar buoyed by hopes of another interest rate hike this year after robust U.S. employment data.
* Spot gold had edged up 0.1 percent to $1,258.20 per ounce at 0046 GMT.
* U.S. gold futures for December delivery were nearly flat at $1,264.20 per ounce.
* The dollar steadied in Asian trading on Tuesday, maintaining most of the gains it made on last week's employment data that kept hope alive that the U.S. Federal Reserve could still increase interest rates this year.
* But St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Monday that the Fed could leave interest rates where they are for now because inflation is not likely to rise much even if the U.S. job market continues to improve.
* U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a door open for dialog with North Korea on Monday, saying Washington was willing to talk to Pyongyang if it halted a series of recent missile test launches.
* A broad measure of equity markets across the world climbed to a record high on Monday, boosted by gains in Asia, while U.S. and European markets were little changed, with U.S. energy shares capping gains on the benchmark S&P 500 index.
* U.S. Treasury yields slipped on Monday after a stronger-than-expected U.S. non-farm payrolls report the previous session, with no major market drivers ahead of a slew of government bond and corporate supply this week.
* Holdings at the SPDR Gold Trust , the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.03 percent to 786.87 tonnes on Monday from 787.14 tonnes on Friday. British Prime Minister Theresa May's botched gamble on a snap election has shaken public confidence in the government with nearly two thirds of voters now negative about her government's approach to Brexit talks, an ORB opinion poll indicated.
DATA AHEAD (GMT)
0130 Australia NAB business conditions index July 0600 Germany Trade data June 0645 France Trade data June 1000 U.S. Small-business confidence index July 1400 U.S. JOLTS Job openings June
(Reporting by Nithin Prasad in Bengaluru)