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Gold climbs ahead of Fed meet; US rate outlook eyed SINGAPORE: Gold added to small overnight gains on Tuesday as investors adjusted positions ahead of a key Federal Reserve policy meeting but they refrained from placing any big bets, awaiting clues on when the US central bank could raise interest rates.Markets are eyeing the Fed's words closely for any clues on the timing of the first US rate hike in more than eight years. Any hike in interest rates would dim the appeal of gold, a non-interest bearing asset.Some believe the Fed could signal that it may begin raising rates sooner than mid-2015, the current target for many economists.The Fed will begin its two-day policy meet later in the day, with an announcement expected on Wednesday.Spot gold inched up 0.3 percent to $1,236.14 an ounce by 0328 GMT. The metal hit an eight-month low of $1,225.30 in the previous session, before recovering to close up 0.4 percent on weaker equities."The ...


China iron ore futures stretch gains on restocking hopes SINGAPORE: China's iron ore futures stretched gains to a third day running on Tuesday, backed by expectations Chinese steel mills would replenish stockpiles ahead of a long holiday next month.Spot iron ore prices soared nearly 4 percent on Monday in their sharpest single-day gain since March, sparking hopes of a recovery in a market hit hard this year by abundant supply."There should be some restocking because holidays are coming and that might be the fundamental ...

Gold rebounds on weak shares, still near 8-month low as Fed in focus LONDON: Gold rose on Monday as European shares tumbled on disappointing data from China, but the metal was still near an eight-month low ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting that may signal an early interest rate increase.The two-day meeting starting on Tuesday may be pivotal as it debates a potential overhaul of Fed guidance on rates. Investors will scrutinize the meeting for any clues on the timing of the first rate rise in more ...

ICE sugar steadies, focus on whites expiry, arabicas dip LONDON: ICE raw sugar steadied on Monday above a four-year low touched last week, and dealers talked of expectations of a modest delivery against expiry of the Liffe October whites contract.Arabica coffee on ICE futures U.S. dipped on increased expectations that crop damage due to a Brazil drought will lessen next season, and cocoa held steady, weighed by expectations of ample West African main crop supplies.ICE October raw sugar was steady, and dealers tracked spreads ...

US wheat falls to four-year low on poor export outlook PARIS/SINGAPORE: Chicago wheat slid to a new four-year low on Monday, falling for a sixth consecutive session, as US exporters struggle to sell grains in the face of stiff competition from Black Sea suppliers.New-crop corn fell to trade at par with last week's contract low prices and soybeans gave up Friday's gains with easing concerns over potential frost damage.Chicago Board of Trade December wheat fell 0.95 percent to $4.97-3/4 a bushel after hitting a four-year ...

Gold rebounds on soft shares, still near 8-month low as Fed in focus LONDON: Gold rose on Monday on softer global shares after disappointing data from China, but the metal was still near an eight-month low ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting that may signal an early interest rate increase.The two-day meeting starting on Tuesday may be pivotal as it debates a potential overhaul of Fed guidance on rates and investors will be watching closely for any clues on the timing of the first rise in more ...

Nickel falls to near 12-week low on supplies, China growth jitters LONDON: Nickel dropped to the weakest levels in nearly 12 weeks on Monday after inventories hit a record high and weak factory output in China raised fears about growth in the world's biggest metals consumer.Three month nickel on the London Metal Exchange shed 1.2 percent to $18,176 a tonne by 1407 GMT, the lowest since June 25.LME inventories climbed 1,008 tonnes to a record 334,842 tonnes while the discount of the cash contract to the ...


 



 
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