July 26, 2016 / 1:10 AM / a year ago

PRECIOUS-Gold edges up as dollar slips ahead of Fed meet

BENGALURU, July 26 (Reuters) - Gold inched up early Tuesday
as the dollar slipped and equities eased ahead of central bank
meetings in the United States and Japan this week.
    * Spot gold rose 0.3 percent to $1,318.80 an ounce at
0051 GMT. Bullion fell 0.5 percent on Monday. 
    * U.S. gold was little changed at $1,319.10 an
    * Caution gripped Asian markets on Tuesday, sending the
safe-haven yen higher ahead of the central bank
    * The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a
basket of six major rivals, edged down 0.1 percent, below
the previous session's high of 97.569, its loftiest peak since
    * The U.S. central bank is widely expected to stand pat on
policy at its two-day meeting beginning on Tuesday. 
    * The U.S. financial system faces greater potential
instability due to Britain's decision to leave the European
Union while low and negative interest rates also raise risks, a
U.S. government monitor said on Monday. 
    * U.S. federal funds futures fell to four-week lows on
Monday, signaling traders raised their bets the Federal Reserve
would raise short-term interest rates by the end of 2016 if the
economy shows further improvement. 
    * Optimism among British manufacturers fell in July to its
lowest level since early 2009 after Britain's decision to leave
the European Union, a survey showed on Monday, even as output
rose in the last three months. 
    * Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest
gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.46 percent to 958.69
tonnes on Monday. 
    * Russia and Kazakhstan continued to boost their gold
reserves in June, data from the International Monetary Fund
showed on Friday. 
    * Canadian gold miner Dundee Precious Metals Inc 
said a power outage in Namibia on Friday is expected to reduce
its 2016 concentrate throughput by about 20,000 tonnes.
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    * Oil prices fell more than 2 percent on Monday, with U.S.
crude hitting a three-month low, on rising concerns that a
global glut of crude and refined products would pressure
markets, delaying a long-anticipated rebalance in the market.
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    1345 U.S. Markit flash PMI July 
    1400 U.S. New home sales June 
    1400 U.S. Conference Board consumer confidence index July 
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 (Reporting By Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by
Richard Pullin)
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