Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Gold Holds Near 2-1/2 Week low as US Rate Outlook Weighs

Gold steadied on Tuesday after a four-day losing streak, but the metal wasn't too far from a 2-1/2-week low as it struggled to find direction amid uncertainty over a looming U.S interest rate hike.
* Spot gold ticked up 0.1 percent to USD 1,120.61 an ounce by 0048 GMT. It slid to USD 1,116.20 on Monday, its lowest since August 19. * US gold GCcv1 dipped 0.1 percent to USD 1,120.10.
* Investors had been awaiting Friday's US jobs report to gauge the strength of the economic recovery and whether it would prompt the Federal Reserve to hike rates at its policy meet later this month. But the data failed to provide adequate clarity regarding a Fed move amid volatility in financial markets.
* Bullion traders have said gold will likely be under pressure until the Fed policy meet on Sept. 16-17 due to persistent uncertainty. Gold prices have been dented this year by expectations the Fed will hike rates for the first time in nearly a decade.
* Gold has failed to find a strong safe-haven bid despite the recent weakness in stocks due to worries over the Chinese economy. It has also failed to pick up cues from trading activity in the dollar, showing that gold is struggling to find direction outside of US monetary policy.

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