By Sumita Layek
BENGALURU (Reuters) - Gold edged up on Tuesday as investors sought shelter from uncertainty over the outcome of the U.S. midterm elections.
Spot gold rose 0.3 percent to $1,234.90 per ounce as of 1037 GMT, while U.S. gold futures were up 0.3 percent at $1,236.50.
"The opposite scenario could send equity markets much lower, boosting gold. Such uncertainty is keeping gold steady at the moment."
Opinion polls and election forecasters favour Democrats to secure the minimum 23 seats they need to capture a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would enable them to stymie President Donald Trump's legislative agenda and investigate his administration.
European shares ticked lower and the dollar and bond markets barely budged on Tuesday, as traders braced for the elections and some potentially lively sessions ahead.
Investors also awaited a two-day Federal Reserve meeting starting on Wednesday to gauge the outlook for U.S. monetary policy, analysts said.
Higher U.S. interest rates tend to boost the dollar, making dollar-priced gold more expensive for holders of other currencies. Rate increases also pressure gold prices by increasing the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.
Meanwhile, holdings of the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, fell 0.23 percent to 757.29 tonnes on Monday.
Among other precious metals, silver rose 0.3 percent to $14.67 per ounce, while platinum gained 0.8 percent to $870.60 per ounce.
Palladium was down 0.1 percent at $1,131.95.
(Reporting by Sumita Layek; Editing by Dale Hudson)
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