Gold steady as market focus turns to US Fed meeting

goldNEW DELHI: Gold held steady early Monday amid a firm dollar and weaker equities following a 0.6 percent gain in the previous session, with markets eyeing the upcoming Federal Reserve meeting for insight on the timing of a US interest rate hike.


Spot gold was virtually unchanged at $1,276.30 an ounce at 0125 GMT. The safe-haven asset has fallen about 3 percent so far this month.

Gold rose more than 1 percent at one point on Friday after the FBI revealed it reopened an investigation of US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system, sparking fresh tumult in markets, just days before the Nov. 8 presidential vote.

US gold futures were up 0.06 percent at $1,277.60 per ounce.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, was up 0.08 percent at 98.427.

Asian stocks got off to a shaky start on Monday after news of the renewed FBI probe of Clinton’s emails.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent.

The US Federal Reserve will meet this week, starting a final countdown on the second most anticipated event of the year after the Presidential Election.

Traders stuck to their view the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates at its last policy meeting of 2016, in December, as data showed the US economy accelerated in the third quarter at its fastest pace in two years.

German inflation rose more than expected in October, reaching its highest level in two years, preliminary data showed on Friday, a welcome sign for the European Central Bank that its monetary policy is gradually eliminating the threat of deflation in Europe’s biggest economy.

With a more than trillion euro fuel injection and no interest rates worthy of the name, the euro zone economy is stirring, more data confirmed on Friday, leaving policymakers hunting for signs the nascent recovery is sustainable.

Hedge funds and money managers raised their net long position in COMEX gold for the first time in four weeks in the week to Oct. 25, and cut it slightly in silver, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed on Friday.