Gold prices edged lower as the dollar strengthened on increasing bets that the Fed will raise U.S. interest rates in December.
This came after downbeat U.S. payrolls data dampened rate hike expectations and Chinese buyers returned after a week long holiday.
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Europe closed lower on Wednesday as a sharp rise in oil prices failed to win over investors, with news on central banks continuing to dwell.
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European stocks came off their session lows in afternoon trade Friday to trade 0.1 percent higher.
European stocks ended mostly mixed on Wednesday, as a renewed decline in oil prices put a dampener on sentiment.
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European stock indexes closed higher on Tuesday, with the exception of the FTSE 100, which was knocked by the weak performance of mining stocks.
European stocks finished mixed on Wednesday, as investors focused on volatility in commodity markets and looked ahead to a speech by the Federal Reserve chair later on this week.
Soros Fund Management sharply cut its shares in gold in the second quarter, regulatory filings showed on Monday.
European stocks closed under slight pressure on Friday as a sharp decline in mining stocks, offset optimism surrounding the sharp uptick in oil prices.
European equities closed mostly higher on Monday, despite a solid tick-up in oil prices and a strong performance from Europe's banks and miners.
Gold was lower Friday after the headline figure on the July jobs report topped expectations.
European stocks closed sharply higher on Friday after the U.S. added an impressive 255,000 jobs during the month of July.
European stocks finished Thursday higher as investors celebrated the BoE's decision to cut the UK's key interest rate to a record low.
European markets finished deep in negative territory on Tuesday, as concerns over the health of the region's lenders continued to weigh on sentiment.
Gold markets were mixed after the Fed stopped short of indicating that a further increase in interest rates is on the cards for this year.
Gold pared losses on Monday as the dollar and world stock markets turned lower ahead of central bank meetings.