Gold settled lower near $1,315 an ounce on Friday on expectations that the partial U.S. government shutdown will lead the Federal Reserve to postpone tapering of its stimulus program.
The U.S. Congress's last-minute agreement to increase its borrowing capacity till early next year averted a historic debt default, but critics said it was only postponing the problem.
Dealers also speculated that the damage to the economy from the weeks-long shutdown could stop the Federal Reserve scaling back its stimulus program until at least early next year.
"We're now focusing on two things: the next time we'll have a debate on the (debt ceiling) issue, which is February, and tapering,'' Citi analyst David Wilson said. "The debate has moved on from if to when (tapering will happen), so that will be continually factored into the gold price.''