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Metals Stocks: Gold settles lower as traders await Fed policy decision

Gold futures settled lower on Tuesday, the first day of a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve that’s expected to see policy makers lay out plans to begin reducing its monthly bond purchases.

“The market is anticipating that the Fed will announce its taper strategy on Wednesday,” said Peter Grant, senior metals strategist at Zaner Metals LLC and Tornado Precious Metals Solutions, in a note.

Read: Fed seen announcing start of a ‘taper’ of bond purchases this week

“If that is indeed the case, and the first step in a longer-term tightening strategy is about to occur, I’d say gold is pretty buoyant. I believe that the Fed’s initial move to taper will be a tentative baby step in light of the current risks to growth,” Grant said.

Gold for December delivery


declined by $6.40, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,789.40 an ounce on Comex after posting a gain of 0.7% Monday. December silver


fell 57 cents, or about 2.4%, to $23.507 an ounce.

With the Fed probably announcing a taper Wednesday and “maybe even laying the groundwork for rate hikes later next year, in keeping with hawkish shifts from central banks around the world in recent weeks and months,” gold may struggle, said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda.

“A stronger dollar could pile further pressure on the yellow metal as it already appears to have entered into a corrective pattern,” he said in a market update. On Tuesday, the dollar, as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar index

was up 0.2%.

For now, gold bulls “remain trapped in a sticky region with the 200-day simple moving average and $1,800 acting as the first level of resistance,” said Lukman Otunuga, senior research analyst at FXTM, in a note.

“Beyond this point, prices may test the October high at $1,813.67, ahead of $1,833.84, the highest level hit in September. Ultimately, how gold ends the week will be impacted by the Federal Reserve meeting and U.S. jobs report on Friday,” he wrote.

Among other metals traded on Comex, December copper

declined by 0.3% to $4.366 a pound.

January platinum

lost 2.6% to $1,039.30 an ounce and December palladium

declined by 2.2% to $2,007.40 an ounce.

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