Gold fell 1 per cent overnight as the dollar firmed and investors opted for riskier assets after China took steps to relieve pressure on its economy from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
Spot gold dipped more than 1 per cent and was down 0.8 per cent at $US1,576.77 per ounce.
US gold futures settled 0.3 per cent lower at $US1,582.40 per ounce.
“China have been taking very strong measures to make sure this thing (coronavirus) is contained, that’s kind of helping market sentiment,” said Bart Melek, head of commodity strategies at TD Securities.
“We have a bit of jump in the US dollar and the biggest thing is that we’re seeing a rebound in stocks, getting people to perhaps take some profits and reposition modestly.”
China’s central bank unexpectedly lowered interest rates and injected 1.2 trillion yuan ($US171 billion) into money markets as it attempted to limit the damage from travel curbs and business shutdowns on the economy.
China’s move cheered some investors as US stocks rose on Monday after the three main indexes suffered their worst week in at least four months.
The dollar gained 0.4 per cent against its rivals, making gold expensive for holders of other currencies.
“Once we get through this ‘band-aid effect,’ the reality will set in that there is an economic tumult about to happen in China, which is going to spread globally and force a lot of central banks to cut rates,” said Stephen Innes, chief market strategist at AxiCorp.
Gold tends to appreciate on expectations of lower interest rates, which reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion.
Gold, often used as a safe store of value during times of political and financial uncertainty, registered its best week in a month in the week to January 31, as economic growth worries due to the epidemic boosted appetite for safe havens.
“Gold’s rally seems to be in pause mode as markets will likely see central banks globally be proactive to thwart any slump coronavirus concerns will trigger,” Edward Moya, a senior market analyst at broker OANDA, said in a note.
Speculators cut their bullish positions in COMEX gold contracts in the week to January 28, data showed on Friday.
Elsewhere, silver fell 2.1 per cent to $US17.65 per ounce. Palladium gained 1.7 per cent to $US2,317.17 and platinum rose 1.1 per cent to $US966.72.