Gold prices fell for a second straight session on Monday as the U.S. dollar firmed, while investors weighed measures taken by authorities to assuage fears of a crisis in the global banking sector.
Spot gold was down 0.5% at $1,967.86 per ounce, as of 0632 GMT. U.S. gold futures slipped 0.8% to $1,968.90.
The dollar index rose 0.2% and made bullion less affordable for overseas buyers.
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"Markets continue to adopt a cautious stance... On net, the mix of growth worries, lingering concerns of banking stresses could benefit safe-haven proxies such as USD, JPY and gold in the interim," said OCBC FX strategist Christopher Wong.
Gold had risen above the $2,000 mark after the sudden collapse of two U.S. lenders, but has since pulled back from those levels after rescue measures by authorities, including UBS' takeover of ailing Credit Suisse.
However, worries persisted that regulators are yet to contain the worst shock to the banking sector since the 2008 financial crisis after shares of Deutsche Bank plunged on Friday.
Recent stress in the sector and the possibility of a follow-on credit crunch brings the United States closer to recession, Minneapolis U.S. Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari said.
The threat of a recession has resulted in investors increasing their allocation to the precious metal in droves, ANZ said in a note.
Markets are pricing in a 70% chance of the Fed standing pat on interest rates at its May meeting, according to the CME FedWatch tool.
While gold is considered a hedge against inflation and economic uncertainties, higher interest rates discourage investment in non-yielding bullion.
Spot silver shed 1% to $22.99 per ounce, platinum lost 0.7% at $970.51 and palladium slipped 0.9% to $1,402.79.
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