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* MSCI Asia-Pacific index falls more than 1.5 pct

* Market awaits Fed Chair’s speech later on Tuesday (Updates prices, adds quotes)

By Vijaykumar Vedala

BENGALURU, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Gold prices rebounded on Tuesday as risk appetite faded after getting a boost from an agreement between the United States and Canada to salvage a North American free trade deal.

Asian stocks fell, with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan declining more than 1.5 percent after a steady start, as cautious views on the global economy curbed risk sentiment.

Spot gold was up 0.5 percent at $1,193.80 as of 0748 GMT, after declining about 0.3 percent in the previous session. U.S. gold futures were 0.5 percent higher at $1,197.60 an ounce.

“Gold has been nudging higher as risk has been trading a bit unsettled in Asia,” said Stephen Innes, APAC trading head at OANDA in Singapore.

Optimism surrounding a last-minute deal between the United States and Canada on Sunday to salvage NAFTA as a trilateral pact with Mexico, had increased the appetite for riskier assets on Monday.

read more via PRECIOUS-Gold rebounds as risk appetite wanes | Metals & Mining | Reuters

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