Gold held steady on Thursday to keep most of its gains from the previous session, with the dollar slipping after minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s last policy meeting dampened hopes for an aggressive string of interest rate hikes.
* Spot goldwas down 0.1 percent at $1,256.61 per ounce by 0053 GMT. It rose about 0.6 percent on Wednesday.
* U.S. gold futures were up 0.3 percent at $1,256.8 an ounce.
* Fed policymakers agreed they should hold off on raising interest rates until it was clear a recent U.S. economic slowdown was temporary, though most said a hike was coming soon, minutes from their last policy meeting showed on Wednesday. [nL1N1IQ1JG]
* The dollar was on the defensive early on Thursday, while the euro edged back up towards a 6-1/2-month high. [USD/]
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