Gold fell to a four-month low on Tuesday on investor jitters ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting that may offer further clues to support expectations of a mid-2015 rise in U.S. interest rates.
Spot gold fell as low as $1,142.86 an ounce in earlier trade, its lowest since Nov. 7, and was down 0.6 percent at $1,147 an ounce.
U.S. gold futures for April delivery settled down $5 at $1,148.20 an ounce.
Fed policymakers will start their two-day meeting later on Tuesday, and many analysts expected them to remove a "patient" reference to rate rises from their policy statement. That would put them a step closer to their first hike since 2006.
"We do you expect gold to fall further if the Fed removes the word 'patient' from their statement and the trading action could be very volatile for investors," online broker AvaTrade chief market analyst Naeem Aslam said.
"The low for gold could be (around) $1,058."