Gold danced around its highest price in five weeks leading up to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s October meeting this week. Investor and analysts widely expect the Fed to make no change to its money-printing stimulus program, reported Bloomberg.

Through its stimulus program known as Quantitative Easing, the Fed buys $85 billion in bonds every month.

Since the spring, investors have continued to expect the Fed to decrease the bond buyback program, contributing to a 19 percent drop in the price of gold.

In September, the Fed unexpectedly maintained the stimulus program with no changes. Disappointing financial data released since, including the negative impacts of October’s government shutdown, suggest that the $85 billion buyback program will get the green light once again.

Prices climbed to $1,356.51 on Oct. 25, the highest since Sept. 20, as economic data supported the case for the Fed to maintain its monthly asset purchases.

“The weakness seen in recent U.S. economic data has driven a rally in gold as it increases expectations that the Fed won’t cut back stimulus soon,” said Sun Yonggang, a macroeconomic strategist at Everbright Futures Co.

“Gold gained 1.7 percent this month as U.S. lawmakers wrangled over the nation’s budget and debt ceiling, partially shutting down the government for 16 days and potentially hurting growth,” wrote Bloomberg’s Glenys Sim. “U.S. orders to manufacturers unexpectedly dropped in September, and employers added fewer jobs than expected, separate reports showed last week.”

Meanwhile, gold for December delivery changed little at $1,351.30 an ounce on the Comex in New York. The trading volume was 18 percent below the average for the past 100 days for this time of day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Spot silver traded at $22.5788 an ounce from $22.5435 on Oct. 25, when prices dropped 0.7 percent. Platinum was little changed at $1,453.63 an ounce, while palladium slid 0.1 percent to $742.35 an ounce.