Gold gains as talk of dovish Fed chair knocks dollar

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But they fell even further after President Donald Trump suggested in an interview with Fox News that the federal government may "wipe out" the debt.

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The figures will provide the latest insights into the world's biggest economy, which could factor into the Federal Reserve's plan to raise interest rates again by the end of the year.

QUOTEWORTHY: "The focus may also be brought to the next Fed chair with Fed's Yellen's speech", said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG in Singapore.

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MBIA fell 58 cents, or 6.7 percent, to $8.10, Ambac Financial Group lost 87 cents, or 4.9 percent, to $16.81 and Assured Guaranty dropped $1.12, or 2.9 percent, to $37.57.

The greenback had reached its highest since mid-August against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, driven by stronger economic data, as well as expectations for another Fed rate hike by the end of the year and a revival of the so-called "Trumpflation trade".

News out of the USA central bank is set to dominate sentiment Wednesday, as a leading Fed member is set to speak at a conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Bond prices move inversely to yields. The yield on the 10-year Treasury ticked up to 2.34 percent from 2.33 percent late Tuesday.

The dollar soared on Monday as U.S. Treasury yields hit their highest in nearly 12 weeks, while Spanish stocks fell as a police crackdown on a unilateral independence vote in Catalonia rattled investors. Britain's FTSE 100 was practically unchanged at 7,466.89.

Platinum rose 0.7 percent at $913.70 an ounce, while palladium climbed 1.1 percent at $925.40 per ounce.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 84.07 points, or 0.37 percent, to finish at 22,641.67 points.

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