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Gold Trapped in Listless Trade May Signal Volatile Awakening

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Gold traders should get ready for a change of pace in their markets.

Prices have seesawed for the past two months, leaving the metal trapped in the tightest trading range in two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg through the end of last week. That’s historically a sign of more volatility to come. When similar periods of calm blanketed the market, the metal swung 3.3 percent on average in the five days after breaking out of the band, almost twice the usual weekly change.