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Gold holds below $ 1,300 an ounce in electronic trading in New York against the backdrop of conflicting signals : the expected reduction of stimulus measures by the Federal Reserve System and the conflict in the Ukraine.
Gold fell on Friday to 0.1% after reports that sales of new homes in the U.S. rose by the largest value since October. Trading platforms in the U.S. and the UK are closed today due to public holidays .
The gold market has fallen in the past year by 28% due to expectations that the Federal Reserve in connection with the economic recovery will begin reducing the bond buyback program . Since the beginning of the year the prices of precious metals rose 7.6 %, including because of strained relations between Russia and Ukraine.
Kazakhstan , Belarus and Turkey in April increased gold reserves , and Mexico - and cut , said the International Monetary Fund .
" Now investors have little reason to invest in gold - says Zhu Sytsyuan analyst Chinese GF Futures Co. - Bidding will be sluggish due to the holidays in the U.S. and in the absence of new macro data . Situation in Ukraine continues to provide background support to the market ."
Assets of SPDR Gold Trust, the biggest gold exchange-traded fund , May 23, has not changed, and on May 21 fell to 776.89 tons , or the lowest level since December 2008. In China, the trading volume indicative contracts for spot delivery on the Shanghai Stock Exchange on May 23, decreased to 9907 kilograms of gold , or the lowest level since April 30.
The cost of the June gold futures on the COMEX trading today in the range of $ 1290.90 - $ 1294.80 per ounce.
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