Gold rose on Wednesday as the dollar retreated from earlier highs, but overall sentiment stayed with the bears as outflows from bullion funds showed no sign of slowing.
Market participants were also digesting news that Swiss regulator FINMA said it found a “clear attempt” to manipulate precious metals benchmarks during its investigation into precious metals and FX trading at UBS.
Holdings in SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s top gold-backed exchange-traded fund, fell 0.12 percent to 724.46 tonnes on Tuesday – a six-year low.
The figures marked the fund’s sixth straight day of outflows. The ETF is seen as a good reflection of market sentiment due to the size of its holdings.
“The overall backdrop is still negative with the dollar tilting towards strength and continued ETF outflows due to continued rises in U.S. stock markets,” Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch said.
He added that subdued physical demand in Asia and a weak technical picture were also darkening the outlook.
Spot gold was up 0.3 percent at $1,167.60 an ounce by 1339 GMT, after gaining 1.2 percent on Tuesday.