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Gold Prices Steady Even As Dollar Firms Up

The European Central Bank is expected to lay the groundwork for an autumn policy shift when it meets on Thursday, emphasising improved growth while tempering expectations after previously setting off a mini tantrum in financial markets.
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US gold futures for August delivery fell 0.19%
US gold futures for August delivery fell 0.19%
Bengaluru: Gold prices steadied early on Thursday, with the dollar firming as markets waited for clues on the future of key stimulus programmes in upcoming Bank of Japan and European Central Bank meetings.

Spot gold was nearly unchanged at $1,240.07 per ounce at 0053 GMT (6:23 am in India).

US gold futures for August delivery fell 0.19 per cent to $1,239.60 per ounce.

The European Central Bank is expected to lay the groundwork for an autumn policy shift when it meets on Thursday, emphasising improved growth while tempering expectations after previously setting off a mini tantrum in financial markets.

The Bank of Japan is set to paint a brighter picture of the economy on Thursday but cut its inflation forecasts again, reinforcing expectations that it will lag well behind major global central banks in scaling back its massive stimulus programme.

A broad barometer of global stocks rose for a ninth straight session on Wednesday as earnings season in the United States and Europe heated up, while the dollar clawed back from 10-month lows and oil prices jumped. 

Japan's exports rose for a seventh straight month in June led by shipments of cars and electronics, an indication external demand continues to support a gradual economic recovery and backing the central bank's upbeat economic view.

US home-building surged to a four-month high in June, but construction activity remains constrained by rising lumber prices and labour and land shortages.

Holdings at the SPDR Gold Trust , the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund fell 0.65 per cent to 816.13 tonnes on Wednesday from 821.45 tonnes on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump's son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign manager Paul Manafort have been asked to appear before US Senate committees next week to answer questions about the campaign's alleged connections to Russia, officials said on Wednesday.

© Thomson Reuters 2017



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