Gold fell in Asia on Tuesday with markets in China shut for holidays and attention on Federal Reserve minutes from the September meeting this week. On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold for December delivery eased 0.17% to $1,135.70 a troy ounce. Silver for December delivery dropped 0.62% to $15.610 a troy ounce, while copper for December delivery eased 0.47% to $2.347 a pound. Overnight, gold futures inched down on Monday amid a relatively flat dollar, as a wave of disappointing economic indicators exacerbated fears of a global recession. The poor readings come in the wake of a downbeat U.S. national employment report on Friday, which bolstered dovish sentiments for a delayed interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. The Institute of Supply Management reported on Monday morning that its non-manufacturing purchasing index dipped to 56.9 in September from a level of 59.0 the previous month. It also fell below consensus estimates of a 58.0 reading. Following two consecutive months of stellar reports over the summer, the September report was dragged down by weakness in business activity and new orders. In July, the index surged to a 59.6 level, its strongest reading in 18 years.