KPF Yogya – Gold was poised for the first weekly loss in almost a month after minutes from the Federal Reserve spurred speculation policy makers are moving closer to raising interest rates, boosting the dollar.

Bullion for immediate delivery decreased as much as 0.3 percent to $1,191.34 an ounce, the lowest level since April 1, and traded at $1,196.48 at 12:28 p.m. in Singapore, according to Bloomberg generic pricing. The metal has declined 0.9 percent this week, the first drop since March 13. Gold in Shanghai headed for a second weekly retreat.

Minutes of the March meeting released Wednesday showed several Fed officials pushed to raise rates in June, while others argued for later this year and a couple favored holding until 2016. Higher rates hurt gold’s appeal as bullion usually offers returns only through price gains. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index is advancing for the first week in four.

Source : Bloomberg

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