NEW YORK, March 25 (Reuters) - U.S. gold futures finished Thursday with moderate gains, bouncing from a 6-week low hit overnight, and ending a choppy session in which prices were batted around by gyrations in the euro, oil and U.S. equity prices as well as impact from gold options expirations.
* For the latest detailed report, click on [GOL/].
* COMEX April GCJ0 ended up $4.10 at $1,092.90 an ounce.
* Range ran $1,084.80, lowest since Feb. 12, to $1,106.0.
* Gold ended stronger with U.S. equity prices, but prices were limited by declines in oil, which earlier helped boost the yellow metal, and a sharp drop in the euro - traders.
* April gold options expiration contributed to price volatility in gold futures - traders.
* It's really been a back-and-forth movement. But, after Trichet made those comments, gold came under renewed pressure after the dollar rallied and the euro broke down. - David Meger, vice president and director of metals trading at Vision Financial Markets in Chicago.
* The euro renewed its descent to a 10-month low against the dollar after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said that, if the International Monetary Fund took responsibility for bailing out Greece, it would send a negative message. [USD/]
* In a commentary piece for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Trichet said it was in countries' own interests to put their public finances back on solid footing. [ID:nBAT005273] * Gold was bought earlier in tandem with gains in U.S. share prices and oil prices - traders.
* U.S. stocks rose sharply, driving the Dow and S&P 500 to new 18-month highs, as Qualcomm and Best Buy boosted their profit outlooks and financials surged for a second day. [.N]
* U.S. crude futures slipped late, settling slightly lower, when the euro weakened against the dollar following Trichet's comment's about bailing Greece out of its debt problems, but stood higher at the time gold futures trading ended. [O/R]
* Gold market participants also kept an eye on the CFTC hearing on futures and options in metals in Washington. Click for comments from participants: [ID:nN25223061]
* The top U.S. futures regulator heard protests from exchanges and traders who said limiting metals speculation could harm markets. Others questioned whether the agency has the authority to impose such restrictions. [ID:nN25212518]
* COMEX gold stocks CMWST lost 1 ounce to 10,022,925 ounces as of Wednesday.
* Spot gold XAU= remained higher at $1,094.25 an ounce by 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) than $1,085.60 an ounce late in New York's previous session.
* London afternoon gold XAUFIX= was fixe slightly lower at $1,093.0 an ounce.
* COMEX May silver SIK0 rose 10.0 cents to close at $16.7410 an ounce.
* Range spans $16.5550 to $17.0450.
* Follows gold higher.
* Also helped by improved signals in March Kansas City manufacturing index and surprising profit and sales gains in Best Buy electronics retailer's quarterly report. * COMEX silver stocks added 142,544 ounces to 115,928,609 ounces on Wednesday.
* Spot silver XAG= increased to $16.68 an ounce from $16.57 late in the prior session.
* London silver was fixed XAGFIX= higher at $16.79 an ounce.
* April PLJ0 adds $18.50, or 1.17 percent, to finish at $1,606.40 an ounce.
* Spot platinum XPT= rallies to $1,605.50 an ounce from $1,577 an ounce late on Wednesday.
* June palladium PAM0 settles $1.30 lower at $452.60 an ounce.
* Spot palladium XPD= at $451.0 is higher than $440.50 an ounce late in the previous session.