With the first U.S. rate increase in nearly a decade out of the way, the focus is now on the pace of future hikes, analysts said.
Higher rates dent demand for non-interest paying gold, for which the outlook remains largely on the downside, with many predicting a drop below $1,000 by the end of next year.
The dollar slipped 0.3 percent against a basket of leading currencies, down for a fourth session out of five.
Data on Thursday showed U.S. weekly jobless claims slipped more than forecast near a 42-year low.
However, recent data has not been uniformly strong, with new orders for U.S. manufactured capital goods down in November and consumer sentiment at a five-month high in December.