Gold ends lower as rise in the dollar and stock market dulls the metal’s appeal

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Gold futures ended with a loss on Wednesday, pressured as strength in the U.S. dollar and stock market dulled investor interest in the precious metal. Prices for gold had edged up by 1.2% on Tuesday, but that followed a fall of 5% on Monday-the biggest daily drop for a most-active contract in over seven years. December gold fell $14.80, or 0.8%, to settle at $1,861.60 an ounce.
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