Gold prices fell to a nine-month low on Thursday as the dollar rose to four-year highs against a basket of currencies and stock markets strengthened.
Platinum fell to its lowest since June last year, sliding below $1,300 an ounce,
Gold fell to its lowest level in 7-1/2 months on Thursday on a strong dollar and as tensions in Ukraine appeared to ease, failing to benefit from weaker shares after an unexpected rise in US jobless claims.
Spot gold slipped 0.7 p
Gold steadied after two days of losses on Wednesday but held below $1,300 an ounce, near a four-week low, on a stronger dollar and fears that the Federal Reserve could hike US interest rates sooner than expected.
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Gold slipped 2 percent to a 3-1/2 month low on Tuesday, extending losses after strong US data lifted optimism about the economy, while platinum fell after South Africa's mining minister pledged to mediate in a long-running strike.
Gold fell around one percent in thin trade on Thursday, a day after the US Federal Reserve announced a further cut in its stimulus programme and reiterated its confidence in the US economic outlook despite weak first-quarter growth.
Gold hit a six-week low on Thursday, breaking below $1,300 an ounce for the first time since mid-February, as speculation that US rates would rise sooner than expected and easing tensions over Ukraine pushed prices down.
Gold bounced on Wednesday from its weakest level since mid-February but signs of a recovery in the US economy and an absence of support from the physical sector could limit gains and keep prices in a tight range.
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Gold fell to its lowest in more than five weeks on Tuesday, as the dollar edged higher on after a top Federal Reserve official reinforced the likelihood of higher US interest rates in the first half of 2015.
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Gold rebounded on Tuesday from a one-month low hit in the prior session, helped by short covering and a rise in bullion-backed exchange traded fund holdings, but expectations of higher US interest rates and a lack of physical buying capped gains
The Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) has approved the UOB Bullion and Futures (UOBBF), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore’s United Overseas Bank (UOB), as a clearing member of the exchange.
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