(Updates prices) * Fed's Powell says economy's path 'highly uncertain' * Fed's Evans sees 'recessionary dynamics' without fiscal aid * Dollar jumps to highest in nearly 2 months * Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: here By Swati Verma Sept 22 (Reuters) - Gold fell for a second straight session on Tuesday as the dollar climbed to a near two-month peak, with investors keeping a close eye on remarks from U.S. Federal Reserve officials on the state of the economy. The path ahead for the economy remains uncertain and the U.S. central bank will do more if needed, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told a congressional panel on Tuesday. Separately, Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said the U.S. economy risks recession, if the U.S. Congress fails to pass a fiscal package. Spot gold had fallen 0.4% to $1,904.34 per ounce by 1:53 p.m. EDT (1753 GMT), reversing earlier gains. U.S. gold futures settled down 0.2% at 1,907.60 per ounce. A steep sell-off across asset classes on Monday dragged gold down to its lowest level since Aug. 12, at $1,882.70. "When we see gold and equities down both at the same time, investors need cash. Precious metals are always a good source of raising cash. It was a factor yesterday but today we think it's mostly dollar and technical," said Chris Gaffney, president of world markets at TIAA Bank. "The dollar is maintaining its strength and fundamentally that is weighing on gold prices." The dollar notched a high since late-July, which along with Washington's lack of progress on reaching a fiscal stimulus agreement weighed on bullion. Gold has pared gains since hitting a record peak in August as the U.S. Congress for weeks has remained deadlocked over the size and shape of its next coronavirus response bill. Expectations are that the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will create additional division between the Democrats and the Republicans, which would mean a smaller chance of a stimulus plan coming soon, said David Meger, director of metals trading at High Ridge Futures. In other metals, silver fell 1.1% to $24.45, platinum dropped 1.6% to $867.67 and palladium was down 2.2% to $2,223.36. (Reporting by Arundhati Sarkar and Diptendu Lahiri in Bengaluru Editing by Marguerita Choy and Nick Macfie)
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