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PRECIOUS-Gold eases despite Fed as investors take profits

Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 8:35 PM ET

SINGAPORE, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Gold slipped on Thursday despite the U.S. Federal Reserve vowing to support the economy through stimulus measures, with investors taking profits from a recent run-up in prices. The metal had risen about 8 percent since hitting a three-month low on Oct. 15 in anticipation of the Fed's move, leading to a price correction on Wednesday after a statement from the bank came in line with expectations.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold pared some losses after falling as much 0.3 percent to trade down 0.12 percent at $1,340.59 an ounce by 0022 GMT. Gold is heading for a 1-percent monthly gain.

* The Fed on Wednesday sounded a bit less optimistic about economic growth as it announced plans to keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month. The central bank noted that the recovery in the housing market had lost some steam and suggested some frustration at how slowly the labour market was healing.

* Elliott Management said the Fed's easy money policies have distorted the economy and created big risks for markets and investors alike, prompting the hedge fund firm to add to long gold options to protect against inflation.

* Barrick Gold, which is attempting to reduce its debt load, is considering a wide range of options from a strategic equity investment to further streaming deals that yield upfront cash, according to sources.

* Hedge funds and money managers cut their bullish bets in U.S. gold, silver and copper futures and options in the week ended Oct. 15, a delayed report by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed on Wednesday.

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MARKET NEWS

* The dollar hovered near a two-week high against a basket of major currencies early in Asia.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT) N/A Bank of Japan Interest rate decision 0700 Germany GfK consumer sentiment 0700 Germany Import prices 0700 Germany Retail sales 0745 France Consumer spending 1000 Euro zone Inflation 1000 Euro zone Unemployment rate 1230 U.S. Weekly jobless claims 1345 U.S. Chicago PMI

Precious metals prices 0022 GMT

Metal Last Change Pct chg YTD pct chg Volume Spot Gold 1340.59 -1.60 -0.12 -19.94 Spot Silver 22.55 -0.09 -0.40 -25.53 Spot Platinum 1460.49 -9.51 -0.65 -4.85 Spot Palladium 741.47 -1.53 -0.21 7.15 COMEX GOLD DEC3 1340.90 -8.40 -0.62 -19.98 2488 COMEX SILVER DEC3 22.58 -0.40 -1.75 -25.49 666 Euro/Dollar 1.3729 Dollar/Yen 98.44

COMEX gold and silver contracts show the most active months

(Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Joseph Radford)