Gold holds recent gains as Fed uncertainty persists.
Gold prices steadied on Thursday, but paused a recent recovery rally after stronger-than-expected U.S. retail sales data brewed some uncertainty over the path of U.S. monetary policy.
The yellow metal fell slightly on Wednesday after two straight days of strong gains, as the dollar recovered from a 2-½ month low and Treasury yields stemmed recent declines.
Safe haven demand for gold was slightly aided by high-level U.S.-China talks, as Presidents Xi Jinping and Joe Biden met in San Francisco. The meeting appeared to have prompted some improvement in Sino-U.S. relations, with both parties agreeing to reopen military channels.