Gold inches up, off 1-month low; ECB meet eyed
Spot gold inched up 0.1 percent to $1,695.36 an ounce by 0040 GMT, hovering above a one-month low of $1,684.40 hit in the previous session.
U.S. gold was little changed at $1,692.20.
Gold's current price cycle will likely turn next year as a rise in real interest rates on the back of improved growth offsets any further balance sheet expansion from the Federal Reserve, Goldman Sachs said on Wednesday. Goldman cut its three, six and 12-month forecasts for gold prices.
The European Central Bank may give a guide to next year's policy path when it delivers fresh forecasts for the euro zone economy on Thursday at a meeting where it is expected to leave interest rates low.
Spain auctioned fewer bonds than it hoped to on Wednesday, prompting markets to ditch the country's debt as investors fret over the timing of an expected aid request by the government.
U.S. private sector hiring took a heavy hit in November due to the impact of storm Sandy that ravaged consumers and businesses in the north east, but the huge service sector continued to expand albeit at a modest pace.
Republicans and Democrats dug in on "fiscal cliff" talks on Wednesday, with both sides urging
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