PRECIOUS-Gold steadies, on track for second week of gains

BENGALURU, April 13 (Reuters) - Gold edged up on Friday after posting its biggest percentage fall in over two weeks in the previous session, and was set to post a small gain for a second week running amid tensions over Syria and a U.S.-China trade stand-off.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold rose 0.2 percent to $1,337.17 an ounce as of 0046 GMT, and was set for a weekly gain of 0.3 percent. U.S.

gold futures fell 0.2 percent to $1,339.90 an ounce. * Gold prices dropped 1.3 percent on Thursday, the biggest

one-day percentage fall since March 28, a day after bullion climbed to its highest in 11-weeks.

* President Donald Trump and his national security aides on Thursday discussed U.S. options on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack, as a Russian envoy voiced fears of wider conflict between Washington and Moscow.

* British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her senior ministers to a special cabinet meeting on Thursday to discuss joining the United States and France in possible military action against Syria after a suspected poison gas attack on civilians.

* World trade in goods is maintaining a robust recovery, but it still might falter if trade tensions escalate further, the World Trade Organization said in its annual forecast on Thursday.

* China's commerce ministry said on Thursday trade negotiations with the United States would be impossible as Washington's attempts at dialog were not sincere, and vowed to retaliate if U.S. President Donald Trump escalates current tensions.

* New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength despite a sharp slowdown in job growth in March.

* Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust , the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.69 percent to 865.89 tonnes on Thursday.

* Global silver physical demand dropped to its lowest level in five years during 2017, led largely by a steep decline in coin and bar demand, even as industrial demand increased, according to Thomson Reuters GFMS.

* South Africa's gold output dropped 7.1 percent year on year in February, Statistics South Africa monthly mining production data showed on Thursday.

DATA AHEAD (GMT)

* China Trade data March 0900 Euro zone Eurostat trade February 1400 U.S. University of Michigan sentiment index April

*No fixed timing

(Reporting by Swati Verma in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin)