U.S. stocks opened higher as oil rebounded on talk of a concerted response to low prices by Russia and OPEC producers, a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve gave little indication of slowing the pace of future rate hikes.
Spot gold was down 1 percent at $1,114.25 an ounce at 1509 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for February delivery were down $1.40 an ounce at $1,114.40.
Gold leapt to a 12-week high of $1,127.80 an ounce late on Wednesday after the Fed kept interest rates unchanged and said it was “closely monitoring” global economic and financial developments, while keeping an optimistic view of the U.S. economy.
“(Gold) did jump very much higher overnight, so we’re seeing some selling into that rally right now,” Mitsubishi analyst Jonathan Butler said. “We’re getting up towards the $1,130 level and there’s some fairly significant technical resistance once we get up to $1,136.”
The threat of rising U.S. interest rates was a key factor driving gold down 10 percent last year, but expectations of the pace of hikes were rolled back this month as financial markets were hit by a wave of volatility.
That has helped gold rise 5 percent in January so far.
“If investor sentiment deteriorates, lower yielding assets are in demand, gold being one of them,” ABN Amro said in a report.
Higher rates lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion, while boosting the dollar, in which it is priced.
The dollar was a touch lower against the euro on Thursday, but stock markets, which had been weak in Europe, opened higher in the United States after a sharp rally in oil prices.
Oil soared after a Russian official said Saudi Arabia has proposed that oil-producing countries cut production by up to 5 percent each. The comments sent Brent crude up more than 8 percent, and U.S. crude up nearly 8 percent.
Among other precious metals, silver was down 1.7 percent to $14.23 and platinum was down 1.2 percent at $869.36. Palladium was down 0.2 percent at $494.75.
The official London benchmark price for silver settled on Thursday more than 80 cents below the spot price.