Gold Lower on Monday Awaiting Fed FOMC

Gold steadied on Monday, paring earlier gains as stock markets and the dollar gained, with moves muted ahead of closely watched policy meetings of U.S. and Japanese central banks this week.

The metal, which is highly sensitive to monetary policy and resulting currency moves, bounced to a 13-month high on Friday after the European Central Bank signalled an end to rate cuts, pushing the euro sharply higher versus the dollar.

It later fell back to post its biggest one-day loss in nearly a month, and struggled to gain traction on Monday as U.S. and European stocks rose and the dollar climbed 0.3 percent versus the euro.

Spot gold was little changed at $1,248.66 an ounce at 1442 GMT, off an earlier high of $1,260.71.

“The expectation is for the market to go through a period of consolidation before moving ahead,” said Ross Norman, chief executive of Sharps Pixley.

The Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting, starting on Tuesday, will be watched for clues on the future pace of U.S. rate increases after the central bank hiked rates for the first time in nearly a decade in December.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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