- Gold prices gained in Asia on Thursday as the dollar lost ground on expectations for continued low rates in the U.S. even after the Federal Reserve ends its asset-purchase program.

On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for August delivery traded at $1,327.70 a troy ounce, up 0.26%, after hitting an overnight session low of $1,318.90 and off a high of $1,328.30.

Overnight, the dollar traded largely lower as investors opted to go long on stocks after the Federal Reserve confirmed market expectations for monetary stimulus programs to end this year, likely in October.

The Federal Reserve said in the minutes of its monetary policy meeting earlier that it should end its monthly bond-buying program by the end of this year, likely in October, which sent investors chasing stocks on sentiments that the economy is recovering.

The Fed has gradually been trimming the amount of bonds it purchases by $10 billion a month, and by end of this year, the program should close if the Fed continues to taper on its current trajectory.

Silver for September delivery was up 0.37% at $21.145 a troy ounce. Copper futures for September delivery were down 0.05% at $3.252 a pound.

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