Gold hits 4-week low on firm dollar

Spot gold rose 0.5 percent to,252.30 per ounce at 0423 GMT

Japan's Nikkei spiked more than 1 percent on Tuesday to hit near two-year highs after USA hi-tech stocks rebounded on Monday and investors showed their confidence with stock purchases. Sterling rose against the dollar on Wednesday as Sterling was boosted after Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane signalled he would weigh in behind a rise in interest rates in the second half of this year.

British Prime Minister Theresa May failing to win a parliamentary election earlier this month has, alongside Brexit negotiations starting on Monday in Brussels, fuelled political uncertainty.

"The next key level of support sits around $1,240, with a broad extension to the 200 day moving average around $1,237".

Fed officials have insisted conditions remain ripe for further tightening of monetary conditions this year even as bond investors have downgraded prospects for inflation.

However, the USA dollar fell from its early high as foreign institutional buying in local equities lent support to the Taiwan dollar, dealers said. Overall, the Fed's rhetoric so far has been favourable for the greenback, especially since the U.S. central bank appears to be looking through soft inflation and is still holding an overall hawkish view.

Against the yen, the dollar rose to as high as 111.90, its strongest level since May 26. The Forex pair could break if Fischer expresses doubts about additional rate hikes later this year, or if he feels inflation is going to have trouble recovering.

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The dollar steadied against a basket of currencies early on Monday after slipping on soft United States economic data, with investors awaiting comments by a top Federal Reserve official for clues on whether recent strength can be sustained.

Silver fell 0.3 percent to $16.41, having earlier touched $16.37, its weakest since May 12. They last traded at 1.77 percent.

The South Korean won fell as much as 0.5 percent to touch an eight-week low on Tuesday, leading the declines among emerging Asian currencies.

The dollar edged back from one-month highs against a basket of currencies early on Wednesday as a tumble in crude oil prices pushed down US yields, while the pound wobbled near a two-month low after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney shot down hopes of a British interest rate hike.

Investors were betting that oil's tumble to seven-month lows would reduce inflationary pressures and make it less likely that the U.S.

That is a change from years past, where high unemployment was at the top of the Federal Reserve's worry list for the US economy. Brent crude futures settled down $1.20 or 2.61 percent at $44.82 a barrel.

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