Gold prices barely changed, physical buying supports
* Spot gold was little changed at $1,658.24 an ounce by 0042 GMT, after rising 0.7 percent in the previous session.
* U.S. gold inched down 0.2 percent to $1,658.20.
* The Bank of Japan will consider easing monetary policy again this month as it eyes doubling its inflation target, sources say, as weakness in the economy threatens to delay the country's efforts to beat deflation.
* The Federal Reserve's latest stimulus plan will not do much to boost growth and raises the risk of inflation next year, Richmond Fed Bank President Jeffrey Lacker said on Tuesday, echoing remarks he made last week.
* Investors will closely watch the European Central Bank's policy meeting on Thursday, during which the ECB is likely to keep interest rates unchanged.
* Premiums on gold shipments to India jumped to their highest level in two months on Tuesday as traders rushed in to place orders for the metal ahead of an expected rise in import duty, even as gold refiners overseas hurried to keep pace.
* Barrick Gold Corp has ended talks on selling a stake in majority-owned African Barrick Gold to a Chinese buyer, dashing hopes of a potential $3 billion deal for the underperforming unit.
* Banks are continuing to exchange gold in Turkey, despite U.S. pressure over the country's booming gold-for-gas trade with Tehran, which
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