US gold futures for December delivery advanced 0.1 per cent to $1,265.70 per ounce.
"There aren't many players in the market, nor is there much incentive (for prices) to move right now, so I think it's going to be very quiet for the rest of the month," said Yuichi Ikemizu, Tokyo branch manager at ICBC Standard Bank.
"I expect prices to creep higher (in the short term) as the dollar is still weak and that is the prevailing trend."
Asian shares went flat on Tuesday as disappointing Chinese trade data clouded the otherwise upbeat outlook on global growth, leaving currencies and commodities becalmed in summer doldrums.
The US dollar inched down, not far from multi-month lows touched last week, as investors awaited data due later this week that will offer clues about the extent to which the strengthening labour market is spilling over into inflation.
The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, slipped slightly on the day to 93.333. A weaker dollar makes bullion cheaper for non-US investors.
"Given the move towards tighter monetary policy... the developing bullish chart picture may be a warning that investors are buying more gold as an insurance against heightened risk of trouble ahead," ScotiaBank analysts said in a note.
Meanwhile, holdings at the SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell to 786.87 tonnes on Monday.
In other precious metals, silver rose 0.3 to $16.28 per ounce. In the previous session, it retouched its July 20 low of $16.10 an ounce, the weakest since July 18.
Platinum gained 0.4 per cent to $966.90 per ounce and palladium inched 0.2-per cent higher to $887.30 per ounce.
"Platinum is being supported by strong fundamentals as supply in comparison to the demand is a little weak," said ICBC's Ikemizu.
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