Gold futures prices fell Thursday as markets awaited more inflation numbers and a late-week release on retail sales.
Focus on the economy revs up as a tense geopolitical picture fades briefly into the backdrop amid progress to avoid another government shutdown and continued discussions over U.S.-China trade.
For now, April gold was off $6.20, or 0.4%, at $1,308.90 an ounce and is tracking about 0.7% lower for the week so far. The SPDR Gold Shares ETF was little moved.
March silver fell 0.7% to $15.54 an ounce.
The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, -0.18% a measure of the U.S. currency against a basket of six major rivals, was near flat at 97.20. Gold and the dollar tend to move inversely.