Gold held steady early Wednesday as markets await minutes from the November Federal Reserve policy meeting for more clues on an anticipated interest rate hike.
* Spot gold nudged up 0.1 percent to $1,213.04 an ounce by 0030 GMT. In the previous session, the metal eased 0.15 percent.
* U.S. gold futures rose 0.1 percent at $1,212.60 per ounce.
* The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of major currencies, was little changed at 100.990.
* U.S. home resales rose in October to their highest level in more than 9-1/2 years as homebuyers, buoyed by an improving labor market, took advantage of still-low mortgage rates to snatch up properties after many were shut out during the busy summer selling season.
* Wall Street’s three main stock indexes ended at record highs for a second straight day on Tuesday, while European shares also rose on expectations that markets would benefit from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s policies.
* Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential victory has spurred safe-haven buying of physical gold in Europe, but traditional bullion holders in the United States are standing pat. After all, many of them are optimistic after voting for Trump.
* Switzerland became a net exporter of gold for the first time in nearly a year last month as shipments to India surged to their highest since January and exports to Hong Kong hit a 2016 peak, Swiss customs data showed on Tuesday.
* The European Union agreed a deal on Tuesday to stem the flow of gold and other metals used to fund armed conflicts or produced in conditions that breach human rights.
* SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.42 percent to 904.91 tonnes on Tuesday from 908.77 tonnes on Monday.