Gold on Thursday held near one-week lows touched in the previous session amid a stronger dollar, but worries over slowing global economic growth and the specter of another U.S. government shutdown kept the safe-haven metal above the key $1,300-level.
Spot gold was steady at $1,306.81 per ounce at 0050 GMT. Prices fell 0.7 percent in the previous session in their biggest one-day drop since Jan. 18, at one point touching their lowest since Jan. 29 at $1,305.30.
U.S. gold futures were down 0.3 percent at $1,310.70.
The dollar index, a gauge of its value versus six major peers, was hovering close to its two-week high in early Asian trade.
A stronger greenback makes dollar-denominated gold more expensive for holders of other currencies.