Gold steady ahead of central bank speeches at Jackson Hole

By Apeksha NairBENGALURU (Reuters) - Gold was unchanged early Friday, with investors awaiting directional clues from speeches due later in the day at a gathering of central bankers in the United States.Spot gold was unchanged at $1,286.48 an ounce by 0343 GMT, after dropping nearly 0.3 percent in the previous session.U.

S. gold futures for December delivery were flat at $1,291.40 per ounce. "Gold markets are basically in a holding pattern. They would be carefully scrutinising comments from the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank officials.

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