SAN FRANCISCO – Gold futures settled with a slight loss on Monday after suffering from a sudden, large but brief drop in prices earlier on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Analysts said the early price crash may have been due to a "fat finger," among other things. Traders awaited the Federal Reserve's December meeting minutes due Wednesday and U.S. jobs data due Friday, for cues on gold's direction. February gold fell 60 cents, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,238 an ounce on Comex.
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