* GRAPHIC-2019 asset returns: http://tmsnrt.rs/2jvdmXl
Gold prices inched lower on Wednesday but were still heading for a third straight monthly gain, with markets awaiting the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting and a widely expected cut in interest rates.
LONDON Analysts have marked down this year's forecasts for copper and other industrial metals prices in recent months as top consumer China struggles to revive its economy, a Reuters poll showed.
July 4 Gold prices eased on Thursday as
investors locked in profits before this week's U.S. non-farm
payrolls data and as a rally in stock markets briefly halted the
metal's recent strong run.
Gold prices eased on Thursday as investors locked in profits before this week's U.S. non-farm payrolls data and as a rally in stock markets briefly halted the metal's recent strong run.
July 1 Gold prices fell as much as 2% on Monday
as the dollar rallied after the United States and China agreed
to restart trade talks, boosting investor appetite for riskier
assets and taking the fizz out of the precious metal's recent
* Palladium set for best month in 2-1/2 years
* Markets cut bets for half-point Fed rate cut in July
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June 26 Gold prices fell more than 1% on
Wednesday, retreating from a six-year peak scaled in the
previous session, on signs the U.S. Federal Reserve will not
resort to a big interest rate cut in July.
* Palladium off three-month highs hit early in the session