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Gold retreats from one-month high ahead of Fed meeting

US gold futures fell 0.2% to $1,252

Reuters  |  Johannesburg 

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Gold prices retreated from a one-month high on Tuesday as equities gained ahead of a meeting that is expected to provide more clues about monetary policy.

The market is not expecting an interest rate increase at the Fed's two-day meeting starting on Tuesday but it is looking for hints on the timing and extent of future moves.

was 0.2 per cent lower at $1,252.59 an ounce by 1326 GMT, not far from the previous session's peak of $1,258.79, its highest since June 23.

gold futures fell 0.2 per cent to $1,252.

"The market is looking for clarity on the Fed's tightening cycle and when they are going to start with the tapering (of monetary stimulus)," said ETF Securities analyst Martin Arnold.

Taking the shine off gold slightly, investors climbed into European equities after a string of solid corporate updates. The hovered near a 13-month low against a basket of currencies on Tuesday, with traders not expecting the Fed meeting to alter the currency's recent weakness.

Markets give a less than 50 per cent probability of a interest rate increase before the end of the year, according to CME's Fedwatch tool.

Also supporting gold were hurdles standing in the way of President Donald Trump's economic stimulus and tax reform agenda.

"There is a dual-pronged attraction to gold at the moment, with low-interest rates and investors looking at the metal as a hedge against US political uncertainty," Arnold said.

Gold is often seen as an alternative investment during times of political and financial uncertainty.

The Republican Party's repeated failure to overhaul the health care system and multiple investigations into Trump's election campaign has cast a shadow over his first six months.

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, told Senate investigators on Monday he had no part in any Kremlin attempt to meddle in the election despite having met Russians four times last year.

In other precious metals, silver rose 0.4 per cent to $16.50 an ounce after hitting its highest since July 3 at $16.59 in the previous session.

Platinum slipped 0.2 per cent to $923. In the previous session it touched $940.40, its highest in more than five weeks. Palladium advanced 1.8 per cent to $863.75.

 

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