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* Dollar crawls up from 3-month lows
* SPDR Gold holdings fell 0.3% on Tuesday
* Spot gold may test support at $1,404/oz - technicals
June 26 (Reuters) - Gold prices slipped more than 1% on Wednesday, moving away from a six-year peak hit on the previous day, as U.S. Federal Reserve officials played down expectations of aggressive rate cuts, while investors locked in profits following a strong rally.
Spot gold was down 1.1% at $1,407.84 per ounce as of 0550 GMT, heading for its first decline in seven sessions.
Gold prices hit their highest level since May 14, 2013 at $1,438.63 in the previous session.
U.S. gold futures fell 0.4% to $1,412.70 an ounce.
"The combination of length that was built-up in the market over the short-term, coupled with Fed coming in and shaking the trees last night has really flushed out a lot of the weaker longs in the market," said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management.
On Tuesday, U.S. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell asserted the central bank's independence, stating that it is "insulated from short-term political pressures," pushing back against U.S. President Donald Trump's demand for a significant rate cut.
While this hosed down expectations for a half-percentage-point cut at the Fed's July meeting, investors are still expecting at least a quarter percentage point reduction.
Separately, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard told Bloomberg Television he does not think the U.S. economy is dire enough to warrant a 50-basis-point cut in July.
"Gold has had a strong 'melt up' over the last month. So some short-term profit taking is to be expected," said Heng Koon How, head of markets strategy at Singapore's United Overseas Bank.
Hurting bullion appeal, the dollar index rose 0.2% on Wednesday easing away from multi-month lows.
The United States hopes to re-launch trade talks with Beijing after Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Japan during the G20 summit on Saturday.
"Not so big buying coming ahead of the weekend trade talks, gold could trade below $1,400 convincingly if things pretty much improve coming out of G20," Innes from SPI Asset Management said.
Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.3% to 799.61 tonnes on Tuesday from 801.96 tonnes on Monday.
Meanwhile, gold demand in India could fall to its lowest level in three years as a rally in local prices to a record high dents retail purchases.
Spot gold may test a support at $1,404 per ounce, a break below could cause a loss to $1,387, according to Reuters technicals analyst Wang Tao.
Among other precious metals, silver fell 0.8% to $15.25 per ounce and palladium eased 0.3% to $1,524.22.
Platinum dipped 0.4% to $803.09 per ounce. (Reporting by Brijesh Patel and Harshith Aranya in Bengaluru; editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Rashmi Aich)