Gold steadied on Thursday after two sessions of gains as a stronger dollar index weighed on upside momentum, though the precious metal took some comfort from a steadier yuan.
Gold has been highly correlated with the yuan in recent weeks, with the Chinese currency acting as a proxy for concerns about Sino-US trade tensions.
The yuan steadied versus the dollar as dollar bulls remained wary of potential policy moves to stabilise the Chinese currency.
Against a currency basket, the dollar rose thanks to simmering geopolitical tensions around the world, though traders said the greenback needed fresh impetus or an escalation in trade tensions to move higher.
A strong dollar makes dollar-priced gold costlier for non-U.S investors.
“We don't have a lot of people interested in gold at the moment and that's reflected in the price. We need a change in dollar (direction) to take gold consistently higher,” said Bank of America-Merrill Lynch analyst Michael Widmer.