Gold (GLD) Sinks on Hawkish QE Comments in FOMC Minutes

January 3, 2013 2:34 PM EST
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Gold and Gold ETF SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD) sold off following the FOMC minutes which showed that several members thought it would be appropriate to slow or stop purchases well before the end of 2013.

"Various members stressed the importance of a continuing assessment of labor market developments and reviews of the program's efficacy and costs at upcoming FOMC meetings. In considering the outlook for the labor market and the broader economy, a few members expressed the view that ongoing asset purchases would likely be warranted until about the end of 2013, while a few others emphasized the need for considerable policy accommodation but did not state a specific time frame or total for purchases. Several others thought that it would probably be appropriate to slow or to stop purchases well before the end of 2013, citing concerns about financial stability or the size of the balance sheet. One member viewed any additional purchases as unwarranted."

GLD last traded at $161.22, down 1.2%.

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