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PRECIOUS-Gold eases as stocks gain; set for best weekly jump in over 4 months

Dec 26 (Reuters) - Gold prices edged lower on Friday on rising risk appetite buoyed by optimism over an interim U.S.-China trade deal, but bullion was still set to register its best week in more than four months.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold fell 0.1% to $1,509.56 per ounce by 0136 GMT. Prices peaked to their highest since Nov. 4 at $1,512.30 in

$1,514.40 per ounce.

* For the week, spot gold was on track to post a jump of 2%, its best weekly rise since early August.

* Asian shares climbed to 18-month peaks supported by positive trade ties between U.S. and China on the soon to be signed interim trade deal.

* China's Commerce Ministry said on Thursday that Beijing and Washington were still in the process of completing necessary procedures while maintaining close communication to sign the deal.

* Gold has risen nearly 18% so far this year owing to a 17-month long tariff war.

* Weighing on gold, data on Friday showed profits at China's industrial firms in November grew 5.4% from a year earlier, while data on Thursday showed U.S. jobless claims fell last week indicating ongoing labour market strength.

* The Nasdaq crossed the 9,000-point mark for the first time on Thursday as all three major Wall Street indexes posted record closing highs.

* Zambia plans to make copper mining companies account for the gold they produce as it seeks to boost revenue from its mineral resources, a senior ministry of mines official said on Thursday.

* The world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR

on Thursday from 888.86 tonnes on Tuesday.

* Elsewhere, silver was flat at $17.88 per ounce,

poised to register their best week since late August.

* Palladium edged 0.1% lower to $1,899.90 per ounce.

(Reporting by Asha Sistla in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich)