Gold slipped on Wednesday after hitting a fresh one-month high the session before as the dollar climbed off lows and investors took profits after four days of gains.
* Spot gold had dropped 0.3 percent to USD 1,343.56 an ounce by 0022 GMT, after rising to a one-month peak on Tuesday as speculators bought back bearish bets ahead of an option expiry later this week.
* Comex gold gained USD 9 to USD 1,343.40, while silver and platinum tracked gold lower.
* Spot gold has gained over USD 160 an ounce from a three-year low hit in late June after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the US central bank would only start phasing out its stimulus when it was sure the economy was strong enough to stand on its own.
* World stock markets rose to near five-year highs on Tuesday, boosted by views that China was moving to support its cooling economy, while the dollar fell to one-month lows.
* The markets is waiting for the latest reading on China’s manufacturing activity due at 0145 GMT for signs of economic growth in the world’s second-biggest bullion consumer.
* Wall Street’s multibillion-dollar commodity trading operations came under the political spotlight on Tuesday as a powerful US Senate committee questioned whether commercial banks should control oil pipelines, power plants and metals warehouses.
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