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Last Updated : Sep 15, 2015 11:58 AM IST | Source: Reuters

Gold eases to around one-month low as Fed meeting nears

Spot gold fell 0.3 percent to USD 1,103.68 an ounce by 1148 GMT. It had fallen to USD 1,098.35 on Friday, the lowest since August 11.


Gold edged down on Monday to just above a one-month low, as European stocks rose ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting that will be scrutinized for clarity on when the US central bank will raise interest rates.


Spot gold fell 0.3 percent to USD 1,103.68 an ounce by 1148 GMT. It had fallen to USD 1,098.35 on Friday, the lowest since August 11.


US gold GCcv1 for December delivery was unchanged at USD 1,103.20, also close to its lowest in a month.

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The Fed will kick off a two-day policy meet on Wednesday. Though some in the market still reckon a "lift-off" could come this week, the view is gathering steam that faltering global growth could push that back even into next year. [FRX/]


"There has been so much anticipation (about the Fed rate hike) that we are now anticipated out," Macquarie analyst Matthew Turner said.


"I don't think that not raising rates in September could feel like a complete change of policy," Turner said, adding that one concern for gold could be if the dollar resumes its upward move against developed market currencies.


The dollar recovered from an almost three-week low against a basket of major currencies, while European shares rose, showing resilience to weak China data published over the weekend. [.EU]


Gold has benefited in recent years from ultra-low rates, which cut the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding gold while weighing on the dollar, in which the metal is priced.


Concerns over slowing economic growth in China, mixed economic data and volatility in financial markets have increased doubts about the timing of any US rate increase, which had been expected as early as this month.


Data on Friday showed US consumer sentiment hit its lowest in a year in early September, and producer prices were flat in August, signalling moderate economic growth and tame inflation that could influence the Fed's decision.


A small majority of forecasters are sticking to their guns and predicting the Fed will pull the trigger this week.


Investor positioning has not been encouraging for gold prices.


Hedge funds and money managers cut their bullish stance in COMEX gold contracts to a three-week low in the week ended Sept. 8, while boosting their short positions, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed on Friday.


Other precious metals were also under pressure, with silver XAG= down 1.8 percent to USD 14.39 an ounce and platinum XPT= falling 1.4 percent to USD 952.50.


Palladium XPD= fell 1.1 percent to USD 586.



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First Published on Sep 15, 2015 09:12 am
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