Spot gold fell 0.3% to $1,969.74 per ounce at 12:33 p.m. EDT (1633 GMT), having earlier hit a record high of $1,984.66. US gold futures eased 0.1% at $1,984.10.
“The pullback is just technical because we’re so close to $2,000 level and there’s profit taking and strengthening of the dollar has also caused gold to pause here,” stated Bob Haberkorn, senior market strategist at RJO Futures.
“I feel a commerce via $2,000 is ready on to see what the US Congress does.”
Investors await indicators of an settlement on US coronavirus help laws that lawmakers are struggling to hammer out.
Bullion has surged about 30% to this point this yr, supported primarily by decrease rates of interest and widespread stimulus by international central banks to ease the financial blow from the pandemic.
Weighing on gold, the dollar rose 0.3% in opposition to rivals, making bullion costly for holders of different currencies, and US manufacturing exercise neared a 1-1/2-year high in July.
Virus circumstances have topped 18 million globally, with main cities saying recent restrictions to curb infections.
“There’s no doubt that the backdrop remains highly constructive, with negative real yields for the foreseeable future. We’ve subsequently revised up our 6–12 month target to $2,300 per ounce,” ANZ analysts wrote in a observe dated Friday.
“Even so, we’re mindful that if economic sentiment improves in coming quarters, the hurdle for continued growth in investor demand may make the path to this level an arduous one.”
Elsewhere, silver eased 0.6% to $24.21 per ounce, platinum rose 0.3% to $909.87, and palladium fell 0.4% to $2,083.75.