Gold futures traded little changed below a two-week high as investors weighed expectations for higher U.S. interest rates against signs of more physical buying.

 

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index traded near a five-year high on the outlook for Japan to extend a stimulus program and after minutes of the Federal Reserves Oct. 28-29 meeting showed the U.S. moving toward higher interest rates. Higher borrowing costs cut the allure of the metal which generally offers investors returns through rising prices and which is sometimes bought as an inflation hedge.

 

Gold for December delivery was little changed at $1,192.20 an ounce by 7:14 a.m. on the Comex in New York. Prices, which reached a three-day low yesterday, touched a two-week high of $1,204.10 on Nov. 18. Bullion for immediate delivery rose 0.8 percent to $1,192.44 in London, according to Bloomberg generic pricing.