Gold Futures Rally Past $1,240 As Fed Cuts Outlook For Rate Hikes

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Gold futures rallied in electronic trading Wednesday after the Federal Open Market Committee left interest rates unchanged and said it sees two interest-rate hikes this year instead of four. Higher rates can boost the dollar, pressuring dollar-denominated prices for gold, and dull demand for the metal, which doesn't bear a yield. April gold was at $1,246.50 in electronic trade after settling at $1,229.80, down 0.1%.

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