Gold prices are trading unchanged at $1,266.00/oz. this morning. Yesterday, prices dipped to a 2 month low of $1,261.00 as copper prices fell sharply. Next week, the Fed is expected to raise interest rates. This Friday, the debt ceiling expires, meaning there could be a partial government shutdown unless Washington hammers out a new, likely temporary, budget accord. Also on Friday, US unemployment data is released. Non-farm payrolls are expected to rise by 195K.