* Spot gold rose 0.2 percent to $1,298.11 an ounce by 0026 GMT. It fell 0.5 percent in the previous session as a short-covering rally after U.S. jobs data fizzed out.
* Holdings of the world’s largest platinum-backed exchange-traded fund, Johannesburg’s NewPlat ETF, breached 1 million ounces for the first time last week, data from the fund showed, as a strike in the South African platinum sector prompted new buying.
* Mining-focused private equity firm Waterton Global Resource Management has raised $1.016 billion for its latest flagship precious metals fund.
* BlackRock said that gold ETPs had experienced a “momentum shift” in the first quarter with interest rates holding steady and higher prices. Gold ETPs attracted some $626 million in March and $154 million over the quarter, according to BlackRock.-Reuters