Gold prices nudged down early Wednesday on a firmer dollar, as investors waited for details of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting that should give clues whether policymakers will raise interest rates for the third time this year. Spot gold XAU= was down 0.1 percent at $1,200.18 at the time of writing. Investors await details from the two-day Federal Reserve meeting that began on Tuesday, with the U.S. central bank expected to raise benchmark interest rates and shed light on the path for future rate hikes.
London copper fell for a third session in a row on Wednesday ahead of a widely expected U.S. interest rate hike and persistent worries over an escalating U.S.-China trade war. Fed funds rates futures implied traders are fully pricing in a rate hike on Wednesday, with an 85 percent chance the Fed will raise rates again in December. The Federal Reserve has already raised rates twice this year.
Brent oil edged further away from a four-year high on Wednesday and U.S. crude fell, after the U.S. said it would ensure crude markets are well supplied before sanctions are re-imposed on Iran and as President Donald Trump criticized high prices. Brent crude futures were down 43 cents, or 0.5 percent, at $81.44 a barrel at the time of writing, after gaining nearly 1 percent the previous session.
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