PRECIOUS-Gold steady above $1,800 as U.S. inflation raises doubts on Fed taper timeline


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    Sept 15 (Reuters) - Gold prices held above the key
psychological level of $1,800 as the dollar and bond yields came
under pressure after a tamer-than-expected rise in U.S.
inflation led to uncertainty on when the U.S. central bank will
begin tapering its asset purchases.
    * Spot gold  XAU=  was steady at $1,802.86 per ounce, as of
0120 GMT on Wednesday, having hit a one-week peak of $1,808.50
in the previous session. 
    * U.S. gold futures  GCv1  eased 0.2% to $1,803.80.
    * Consumer Price Index (CPI) was up just 0.1% last month,
compared with an expected increase of 0.3%. That was the
smallest gain in six months suggesting that inflation had
probably peaked, though it could remain high for a while amid
persistent supply constraints.*:nL1N2QG130
    * The data has thrown a shade of uncertainty over the
Federal Reserve's taper timeline. The Fed will hold a two-day
monetary policy meeting next week. 
    * The CPI data weighed on the dollar index  =USD , while the
benchmark U.S. 10-year yield  US10YT=RR  hit its lowest reading
since Aug. 24.  USD/   US/ 
    * Lower yields reduce the opportunity cost of holding the
non-interest bearing bullion.
    * Japanese manufacturers' confidence worsened to a
five-month low in September as the fallout from the latest wave
of COVID-19 put fresh pressure on the world's third-largest
economy, the Reuters Tankan poll showed.
    * Silver  XAG=  fell 0.1% to $23.81 per ounce. 
    * Platinum  XPT=  hit an over nine-month low of $930.85 and
was last down 0.4% to $935.60. 
    * Palladium  XPD=  was flat at $1,979.16. Prices touched
their lowest level since July 2020 at $1,935 in the previous

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