* FOMC July minutes due at 1800 GMT
* Spot gold may retest support $1,497/oz - Technicals
* Fed's Jackson Hole symposium, G7 summit also awaited
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By Harshith Aranya
Aug 21 (Reuters) - Gold prices retreated below the key $1,500
level on Wednesday as traders booked profits and focus turned to the
minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's July meeting for clues on future
interest rate cuts.
Spot gold was down 0.5% at $1,498.84 per ounce by 0818 GMT.
U.S. gold futures were also 0.5% lower, at $1,508.30.
With gold failing to break higher and trailing below $1,500 again,
investors are taking profits, said Nicholas Frappell, global general
manager at ABC Bullion.
"Gold should give up some ground here as part of the wider
bull move," Frappell said.
The metal has gained about 6%, or $88, so far this month, in part
due to increasing global economic jitters amid a protracted U.S.-China
Minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's most recent
meeting in July - when the U.S. central bank cut interest rates for
the first time since the 2008 financial crisis - are due on Wednesday.
"The minutes are going to set up a foundation of what to
expect, and then Jackson Hole will provide clarity as to whether the
Fed is finally coming to the party with potential monetary policy
support," said IG Markets analyst Kyle Rodda.
The Fed's two-day Jackson Hole seminar will be followed by a Group
of Seven summit this weekend, and investors will look for clues on
what additional steps policymakers may take to boost growth amid signs
of a looming recession.
Futures are currently fully priced for a quarter-point cut in
rates next month, and over 100 basis points of easing by the end of
The minutes will also be important in terms of clarification the
markets need because quite a lot of confusion came out after Fed Chair
Jerome Powell provided contradictory messages, Rodda said.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had to
confront China over trade even if it caused short-term harm to the
U.S. economy because Beijing had been cheating Washington for decades.
The remarks came hours before his government announced approval of
a sale of fighter jets to Taiwan, a move sure to further dim prospects
for a quick trade deal.
The dollar index held close to a near three-week high versus
major currencies, potentially denting demand for gold.
Spot gold may retest a support at $1,497 per ounce, a break below
which could cause a fall to $1,480, according to Reuters technical
analyst Wang Tao.
Elsewhere, silver fell 0.4% to $17.05 per ounce, while platinum
was down 0.7% to $842.70.
Palladium fell 0.2% to $1,488.28 per ounce.
(Reporting by Harshith Aranya and Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing
by Sriraj Kalluvila and Subhranshu Sahu)
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