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Au Falls on Expectations of Tapering

“Gold declined to the lowest price in more than two weeks in London on speculation the Federal Reserve will curb stimulus as the U.S. economy strengthens. Palladium retreated from a two-month high.

Standard & Poor’s lifted its outlook for the U.S.’s AA+ credit rating yesterday to stable from negative, citing receding fiscal risks. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said last month the central bank could curtail its $85 billion monthly bond purchases if the economy improves. Chinese markets remain closed today and tomorrow for holidays.

“Upbeat sentiment over the U.S. economic outlook continues to feed concerns of increasing U.S. yields and an easing pace to QE3,” Andrey Kryuchenkov, an analyst at VTB Capital in London, wrote in a report, referring to quantitative easing. “Volumes in Asia will be subdued due to holidays in China.”

Gold for immediate delivery slid 1.2 percent to $1,370.37 an ounce by 11:19 a.m. in London. Prices fell to $1,367.75, the lowest level since May 23. Bullion for August delivery was 1.2 percent lower at $1,369.40 on the Comex in New York. Futures trading volume was 7 percent below the average in the past 100 days for this time of day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Morning Fixing

Bullion at the morning “fixing,” used by some mining companies to sell output, was at $1,369.50 in London, down from $1,383.25 yesterday afternoon….”

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