Gold inches up, set for third straight weekly gain

Gold edged up in early trade on Friday after registering its biggest one-day fall in over three weeks in the previous session, supported by a weaker dollar, and was still headed for a third straight weekly gain.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold XAU= was up 0.2 percent at $1,281.30 an ounce at 0107 GMT. Bullion, which has risen 0.7 percent this week so far, fell one percent on Thursday to notch up its biggest one-day loss since May 24.

* US gold GCcv1 fell one percent to $1,285

* On a topsy-turvy Thursday, the safe haven asset breached the $1,300 level and hit a peak of $1,315.55 to touch a near two year high before turning one percent lower following the suspension of campaigning for next week's Brexit referendum in Britain.

* A British member of parliament was shot dead in the street on Thursday, causing deep shock across the country and the suspension of campaigning for referendum on the country's EU membership.

* The yen held at multi-year highs against the dollar and euro early on Friday, having surged across the board after the Bank of Japan refrained from adding fresh stimulus while sterling staged a rebound in a volatile session. [USD/]

* Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will appear before lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Wednesday to discuss monetary policy and the state of the economy, officials said.

* Glencore (GLEN.L) is planning to sell its option in a gold mine owned by Falco Resources (FPC.V), two sources familiar with the situation said on Thursday, as the mining group and commodities trader presses ahead with asset sales.

* Asian physical gold demand remained subdued this week as the metal rallied to its highest in nearly two years, with discounts in India widening the most in 3-1/2 months as consumers shied away from making new purchases.

* Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.20 percent to 902.53 tonnes on Thursday, the highest since October 2013. [GOL/ETF]