Gold hits one-week high after Fed fails to signal taper timeline



July 29 (Reuters) - Gold prices rose to its highest level in over a week on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve failed to give a timeline for its tapering plans and said it was "ways away" from considering raising interest rates.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold XAU= rose 0.5% to $1,815.56 per ounce by 0129 GMT, having earlier hit a peak since July 20 at $1,817.35.

* U.S. gold futures GCv1 climbed 0.9% to $1,815.30 per ounce.

* While the U.S. central bank acknowledged discussing the eventual withdrawal of pandemic-era monetary policy support in its statement, Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. job market still had "some ground to cover" before it would be time to pull back.

* Large stimulus measures tend to support gold, which is often considered a hedge against inflation and currency debasement.

* Powell also downplayed the risk of the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus on the economic recovery.

* Fed's policy statement weighed on the dollar index .DXY , which hit a two-week low on Wednesday, making gold cheaper for holders of other currencies.

* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that 66.6% of U.S. counties had transmission rates of COVID-19 high enough to warrant indoor masking and should immediately resume the policy.

* Silver XAG= rose 0.9% to $25.15 per ounce.

* Palladium XPD= rose 0.6% to $2,641.69 per ounce, while platinum XPT= gained 0.8% at $1,073.42.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT) 0755 Germany Unemployment Chg, Rate SA July 0900 EU

Consumer Confid. Final

July 1200 Germany CPI, HICP Prelim YY

July 1230 US

GDP Advance

Q2 1230 US

Initial Jobless Clm

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Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel

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