Gold dropped to a two-week low, heading for the longest losing streak in a month, as expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will keep reducing stimulus outweighed signs of physical demand in China.
Bullion for immediate delivery fell as much as 0.4 percent to $1,231.86 an ounce, the lowest level since Jan. 10, and was at $1,233 at 9:09 a.m. in Singapore. A third day of declines would be the longest run of losses since the period to Dec. 19. The Bloomberg U.S. Dollar Index rose for an eighth day in the longest rally since May 2012, and traded near a four-month high.
Data today may show that the number of Americans continuing to apply for jobless benefits fell and home sales increased, supporting the case for less stimulus before Fed policy makers meet Jan. 28-29. In China, which probably overtook India as the biggest consumer last year, volumes for the benchmark contract on the Shanghai Gold Exchange exceeded the fourth quarter’s daily average of about 11,525 kilograms every day since Jan. 6.
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