Gold settled slightly lower on Friday as U.S. jobs and factory data indicated brighter prospects for the economy, hurting the metal's appeal as an investment hedge.
Bullion was weighed by a blitz of strong U.S. economic figures.
On Friday, data showed that housing starts surged by more than 13 percent in April, with building permits hitting a six-year high.
A day earlier, new applications for U.S. unemployment benefits hit a seven-year low last week while consumer prices recorded their largest increase in 10 months in April. Factory activity in New York state expanded at its quickest pace in nearly four years in May.