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Gold firm as dollar dips after U.S. election, Fed in focus

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By Sumita Layek

BENGALURU (Reuters) - pared some gains on Wednesday but held firm as the dollar slid after the U.S. midterm elections delivered a split and as investors looked ahead to a Federal Reserve meeting for signals on future interest rate hikes.

Spot was up 0.1 percent at $1,227.03 per at 1:31 p.m. EST (1831 GMT), having earlier hit a high of $1,235.83, while U.S. futures settled up $2.40, or 0.20 percent, at $1,228.70.

"The biggest for gold remains the U.S. Dollar and its reaction has been reasonable given the dip in the dollar," said Tai Wong, trading at BMO, adding that the split government is unlikely to impact gold much.

The dollar index <.DXY> fell, making bullion more attractive for holders of other currencies as a split dampened expectations for a major fiscal policy boost to the [USD/] [MKTS/GLOB]

"Gold seems happy in a $1,215-45 range for now as we await the next real change in the trade chessboard," Wong said.

Investors have largely opted for the safety of the greenback rather than gold, a traditional safe haven, this year as a U.S.- trade row continues.

Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives, giving them the opportunity to block Donald Trump's push for a further round of tax cuts and deregulation - measures that have boosted the U.S. economy, stock markets and the dollar, and have kept the on a policy-tightening path.

Market participants are now keeping a close eye on a two-day meeting, which began on Wednesday, to gauge the outlook for U.S.

"No change in the rate is expected. But investors and traders will be listening to hear if there are any changes in 2019 rate hike predictions," Walter Pehowich, of at Dillon Gage Metals, said in a note.

The Fed raised U.S. rates in September and said it planned four more increases by the end of 2019 and another in 2020, citing steady economic growth and a robust jobs market.

Meanwhile, holdings of the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust , fell for the third straight session to 756.70 tonnes on Tuesday. [GOL/ETF]

Among other precious metals, silver rose 0.3 percent to $14.57 per ounce, while palladium jumped 1.4 percent to $1,131.80 per Platinum was up 0.2 percent at $869.45 an after hitting $877.50, its highest level in more than four months.

(Reporting by Sumita Layek, and in Bengaluru; Editing by and Chizu Nomiyama)

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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 04:47 IST