Gold settled lower on Tuesday as the dollar firmed and a lack of clarity over U.S. monetary and fiscal policy dented demand.
The Federal Reserve surprised markets last week by sticking with a program of $85 billion in monthly asset purchases, confounding expectations for a $10 billion cut from September.
That triggered gains of around 4 percent in the gold price, but the metal has since fallen 3.2 percent over the past three sessions on renewed worries that the Fed could start making the cuts as soon as next month.
New York Fed President William Dudley has said that the U.S. central bank could still reduce its support for the economy later this year, while St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said that stimulus could be scaled back in October, depending on economic data.
"Gold is falling because markets are now expecting an improvement in the next U.S. labor market next week, which could lead to the Fed tightening, as the Fed's decision is data dependent," Quantitative Commodity Research owner Peter Fertig said.