Gold is consolidating below the $1300 level as traders await the minutes of the September FOMC meeting. Geopolitical tensions and a softer dollar are seen as being supportive to the yellow metal.
The Fed paused the recent tightening cycle in September amid persistently sluggish inflation. The minutes will perhaps provide some additional clarity as to just how concerned the members are and if current market expectations for a December hike are realistic.
Recent gains in the dollar index stalled well shy of the 100- and 200-day moving averages. The trend is still down and negation of this 92.90/88 support level would return considerable confidence to that trend, which should push gold higher.