UPDATE 1-Russia and Kazakhstan raised gold holdings in April -IMF
(New throughout, adds Kazakhstan and Jordan, details from IMF data)
NEW YORK May 22 (Reuters) - The Russian Federation and Kazakhstan raised their gold holdings in April as the price of gold steadied, while Jordan entered as a steady buyer earlier this year, data from the International Monetary Fund showed on Friday.
Russia increased its stocks by 8.333 tonnes to 1,246.625 tonnes in April, the data showed, buying for the second straight month after a pause early this year. This came after the major holder of gold reserves had bolstered its reserves for nine straight months to December 2014.
Kazakhstan raised its gold holdings by 2.441 tonnes to 200.851 tonnes last month, the data showed.
Jordan, a small holder of gold reserves, became a buyer in the first quarter of this year, bringing its holdings to 33.28 tonnes in March, after raising them by 3.4 tonnes in January, 8.087 tonnes in February and 2.488 tonnes in March, IMF data showed.
This marked a 76 percent increase from the end of 2014. (Reporting by Marcy Nicholson; Editing by David Gregorio)
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