Gold prices bounces from 1-month low, US budget talks drag
The US economy could slip into recession if the two parties failed to reach a deal to avoid a year-end budget crisis. President Barack Obama dangled the possibility of lowering tax rates in 2013 with a broad U.S. tax code revamp, but stood firm on insisting rates for the wealthiest must rise as part of a budget deal with Congress.
Gold rose $3.47 an ounce to $1,700.21 by 0230 GMT after falling to $1,690.64 on Tuesday, its weakest since Nov. 6, on heavy fund liquidation and options-related selling.
"I think there are a few scenarios that we could look at. They may not come to a real, long-term deal. So we are expecting that there will be delays, which mean they will extend the deadline until they come to an agreement," said Lynette Tan,
senior investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore.
"If this happens, gold will probably be pressured in the short term until the reality that delaying the solution will ultimately hurt the economy further."
U.S. gold futures for February added $6.10 an ounce to $1,701.90.
Worries over whether the United States could avert the so-called fiscal cliff, a series of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts worth $600 billion that will begin taking effect in January unless Congress acts, weighed
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