Gold was steady on Thursday but poised to mark its third straight annual loss, ahead of what is likely to be another tough year with the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates and dollar strength.
Largely influenced by U.S. monetary policy and dollar flows, the price of gold has fallen about 10 percent in 2015 as some investors sold the precious metal to buy assets that pay a yield, such as equities.
Spot gold inched lower 0.06 percent to $1,060.06 an ounce during the last trading session of the year. Volumes were thin ahead of the New Year holiday on Friday.
U.S. gold futures for February delivery settled at $1,060.20 per ounce.
Prices were set to end 2015 close to a near-six-year low of $1,045.85 hit earlier in December.