By Zandi Shabalala
LONDON (Reuters) - Gold fell on Wednesday, but remained stuck in a narrow trading range as investors worry about a simmering trade war between the United States and China.
Spot gold was down 0.1 percent to $1,196.40 an ounce at 1430 GMT, after hitting its lowest since Aug. 24 at $1,187.21 on Tuesday. U.S. gold futures eased 0.1 percent to $1,204.70 an ounce.
"It looks like gold will remain in a sideways trend until something forces it either way," said Commerzbank analyst Daniel Briesemann, adding that given the uncertainty in the world "gold will go much higher before the year is out."
Gold has been stuck in a $20 price range over the past two weeks, with investors looking for technical breakouts for clues on further movements.
Gold has lost out to the dollar in a battle for safe-haven flows. A firmer dollar makes gold more expensive for holders of other currencies but on Wednesday the dollar was lower against a basket of currencies.
It touched a three-week high of 95.74 last week.
"Investors are awaiting new moves to see if bullion can prolong the weak recovery seen in the second half of August, even if the main trend still appears bearish."
Higher rates increase bond yields, making non-yielding bullion less attractive, and tend to boost the dollar.
Central bank meetings in Turkey and Russia this week are also on investors' radar, with a particular market focus on whether Ankara will step in to fight inflation and a depreciating currency, Commerzbank's Briesemann said.
Gold has fallen more than 12 percent from a peak in April, under pressured from rising U.S. interest rates amid intensifying global trade tensions.
Spot silver was down 0.2 percent at $14.06 per ounce, having touched $13.90 in the previous session, its lowest since January 2016.
Platinum was down 1 percent to $785.40 per ounce, while palladium rose 0.3 percent to $977 an ounce.
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