Gold was little changed on Tuesday, paring earlier gains after strong U.S. growth data lifted the dollar, and was looking vulnerable to more losses as appetite for risk boosted equities.
The U.S. economy grew at a 5 percent clip in the third quarter, its quickest pace in 11 years and the strongest sign yet that growth has decisively shifted into higher gear.
"It is still a dollar story that moves the market, good U.S. economic data... and that's likely to persist in the new year," ActivTrades senior analyst Carlo Alberto de Casa said.
Spot gold was last flat at $1,174 an ounce after rising to a session high of $1,185. It tumbled nearly 2 percent on Monday to its lowest since Dec. 1 at $1,170.17.