was rallying Tuesday ahead of the
meeting. Recent better-than-expected economic news is sparking some suspicion that the Fed might raise interest rates sooner than anticipated. The Fed is expected to leave rates unchanged on Wednesday but analysts are looking for signs of a potential rate hike. Sustained low interest rates means inflation is more likely and investors buy gold as a hedge. However, speculation of a hike is strengthening the U.S. dollar and putting pressure on gold prices.
"As the Fed talks so the dollar goes", says Jon Nadler, senior analyst at Kitco.com. "Obviously the bets that were previously crowded towards to the third and fourth quarter of next year as far as interest rate hikes were concerned have now started to pop up even as soon as March
Gold prices were falling $2.20 to $1,121.60 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gold delivery for February has traded as high as $1,130 and as low as $1,112. The U.S. dollar index was popping .62% to $76.83.
Silver prices were slipping 10 cents to $17.24 while copper was down 2 cents to $3.12.
Mining stocks, a more leveraged way to
, were falling. Large cap miners
were trading at $39.90 and $51.57 respectively. Shares of
Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold
were flat at $78.84 while
was at $12.23.
SPDR Gold Shares
was falling .83% to $110.24. The popular physically backed ETF lost .31 tons on Monday.
Market Vectors Gold Miners
was down 1.00% to $48.47 while
Market Vectors Juniors
was trading at $26.30.
Written by Alix Steel in New York