Gold ended lower on Thursday as the dollar firmed after the European Central Bank kept rates on hold and pledged to use unconventional measures to combat low inflation, while an expected improvement in U.S. jobs data remained the main focus.
The ECB held its main interest rate at a record low of 0.25 percent, but its chief Mario Draghi reiterated that further monetary policy easing should not be excluded.
U.S. gold futures for June delivery fell settled $6.20 lower at $1,284.60 an ounce.
Meanwhile, spot gold lost 0.3 percent to $1,285 an ounce, within reach of a seven-week low of $1,277.29 hit on Tuesday.
"The monetary policy of the FOMC and the ECB are likely to remain the major driver for gold in the medium term for their impact on the currencies and stock markets," Peter Fertig, director of Quantitative Commodity Research said.