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Gold price slides towards four-week lows, at risk from higher dollar

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By Pratima Desai

(Reuters) - The price of gold fell on Monday towards the four-week lows hit last week as the dollar rose after U.S. politicians over the weekend approved a major overhaul and the market looked ahead to a meeting of the Federal Reserve later this month.

Spot gold was down 0.6 percent at $1,273.00 an ounce, at 0735 GMT compared with last Thursday's $1,270.11, its lowest level since Nov. 6. U.S. gold futures fell 0.5 percent to $1,275.90 an ounce.

The U.S. Senate narrowly approved a reforms bill on Saturday, moving U.S. President Donald Trump a big step closer to his goal of slashing taxes for businesses and the rich while offering everyday Americans a mixed bag of changes.

"Prospects for large U.S. cuts are a negative for gold ... What the Fed does will be very important," said Quantitative Commodity Research consultant Peter Fertig.

"There is a negative influence coming from other commodities like oil, the dollar is stronger and risky assets are up."

Lower oil prices could mean subdued price pressures which is a negative for gold, often used as a hedge against inflation.

The dollar was boosted by expectations that cuts would boost growth, which could fuel inflation and reinforce the case for higher U.S. interest rates when the U.S. central bank meets on Dec. 12 and 13.

However, on Friday two Federal Reserve policymakers urged caution in raising interest rates.

"The bill should be somewhat bearish for gold as it could place the Fed in a more aggressive rate posture given that it could contribute to a widening deficit and potentially raise inflation," INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir said in a note.

"However ... we do not know whether the measure will have the intended consequences that its proponents claim. As a result, we do not see the measure ... having much impact on the metal, at least over the short-term."

On the technical front, strong support for gold is around $1,266 at the 200-day moving average, while resistance kicks in around $1,283 near the 21- and 55-day moving averages.

Meanwhile silver slipped 0.9 percent to $16.29 an ounce, platinum was 0.7 percent lower at $930.5 an ounce and palladium lost 0.6 percent to $1,014.4.

(Additional reporting by Apeksha Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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First Published: Mon, December 04 2017. 16:35 IST