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Gold holds near 3-1/2 wk low

goldGold slipped in early trade on Tuesday to trade near a 3-1/2 week low hit a day earlier, as prices remained under pressure on expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will increase interest rates as early as June.


* Spot gold edged down 0.1 percent to $1,247.30 per ounce by 0056 GMT. The metal fell to $1,242.63 an ounce, the lowest since April 28 on Monday.

* U.S. gold futures dipped 0.3 percent to $1,248 per ounce early on Tuesday

* San Francisco Fed President John Williams said the central bank is on track to hike rates in June or July despite risks such as a “Brexit” vote, and will continue with even more increases next year given U.S. economic strength, a top Fed official said on Monday.

* U.S. rates being kept too low for too long could cause financial instability in future and stronger market expectations for a rate rise are “probably good”, St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Monday.

* Goldman Sachs economists said on Monday they estimated a 35 percent chance the Federal Reserve would raise its target on the federal funds rate at its June 14-15 policy meeting.

* Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose 0.38 percent to 872.52 tonnes on Monday.

* The dollar index held steady and the greenback was firm at 109.260 yen, having fallen to as low as 109.120 overnight.

* Russia’s largest gold producer, Polyus, has evacuated 89 out of 153 of its miners blocked after a landslide at the Vostochny pit of its Olimpiada mine in Siberia, the company said.

* The Fed’s policymakers are scheduled to speak this week and are expected to back the case for a rate hike within months. Fed Chair Janet Yellen will be at a panel event hosted by Harvard University on Friday.


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