GOLD NEWS UPDATE

Gold prices edged up on Wednesday in Asia after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Powell testified before the Senate overnight.At 11:57 PM ET (04:57 GMT), for April delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange was up $2.05, or 0.15%, to $1,331.55 a troy ounce.Powell said in the first of a two-day Congressional address at the Senate Committee on Banking that the U.S. economic outlook was “generally favorable” but still faced challenges from abroad.“While we view current economic conditions as healthy and the economic outlook as favourable, over the past few months we have seen some crosscurrents and conflicting signals,” Powell said, adding that the central bank is monitoring how Brexit negotiations and Sino-U.S. trade talks play out. “We will carefully monitor these issues as they evolve.”

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