CORRECTED-GLOBAL MARKETS-Gold hits 10-month peak on growth worries; dollar slips

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CORRECTED-GLOBAL MARKETS-Gold hits 10-month peak on growth worries; dollar slips
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(In third-to-last paragraph, corrects to say Swedish crown hit a more than two-year low, not a more than four-year low.)

* Swedish crown rocked by weak inflation data

* BOJ says it's ready to redeploy stimulus if needed

By Rodrigo Campos

NEW YORK, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Gold prices rose to a 10-month high on Tuesday as concerns over a global economic slowdown spurred a safe-haven bid and were also supported by a weaker U.S. dollar, which fell on optimism for a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade talks.

A gauge of global stock markets rose modestly along with gains on Wall Street, while Europe sagged under falling bank shares and concerns that a car tariff could hurt the region's exports to the United States.

Traders kept a close eye on the new round of talks between the United States and China to resolve their trade spat. Separately, the World Trade Organization warned that a slump of its leading indicator of world trade in goods to its lowest reading in nine years could foreshadow a broader economic downturn, as it highlighted the need to reduce trade tensions. still seem to be sitting on their hands until we have more information on the trade front," said Ryan Nauman, market strategist at Informa Financial Intelligence in Zephyr Cove, Nevada.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 65.05 points, or 0.25 percent, to 25,948.3, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 10.51 points, or 0.38 percent, to 2,786.11, and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 30.64 points, or 0.41 percent, to 7,503.05.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX lost 0.22 percent, and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe .MIWD00000PUS gained 0.32 percent.

Emerging market stocks rose 0.18 percent. MSCI's index of Latin American equities .MILA00000PUS bucked the trend in stocks globally with a 1.7 percent increase, mostly on the back of a 1.45 percent gain in the Brazilian market .BVSP .

Gold prices surged to a near 10-month high driven by concerns over slowing global growth as dovish signals from Japan and Europe's central banks followed weak data from the United States and China.

Spot gold XAU= added 0.9 percent to $1,338.62 an ounce. U.S. gold futures GCcv1 gained 1.54 percent to $1,342.40 an ounce.

In currencies, the yen was little changed even after Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank was ready to ramp up stimulus if the stronger yen derails the path toward its 2 percent inflation target. The Japanese currency weakened 0.06 percent.

The offshore Chinese yuan CNH= touched its highest level against the dollar since Feb. 1 following a Bloomberg TV report that the United States is pressing to secure a pledge from China that it will not devalue its yuan as a part of a trade deal.

The dollar index .DXY fell 0.38 percent, with the euro EUR= up 0.25 percent to $1.1336.

"We are hoping to hear more positive news on trade," said Dean Popplewell, chief currency strategist at Oanda in Toronto. "The dollar should come under pressure as it loses some safe-haven appeal."

The Swedish crown SEK= pared losses against the dollar after hitting a more than two-year low of 9.417 after inflation data came in decidedly weak just two months after a milestone rate hike, dimming prospects of further tightening. The crown lost 0.46 percent versus the U.S. dollar at 9.302. crude CLcv1 rose 0.75 percent to $56.40 per barrel and Brent LCOcv1 was last at $66.30, down 0.3 percent.

Benchmark 10-year Treasury notes US10YT=RR last rose 5/32 in price to yield 2.65 percent, from 2.666 percent late on Friday. The 30-year bond US30YT=RR last rose 1/32 in price to yield 2.996 percent, from 2.997 percent late on Friday.

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