Gold traded slightly higher on Thursday, helped by a modest pullback in the US dollar.
It breaks four consecutive days of losses for gold against the same number of consecutive daily gains for the US dollar.
Federal Reserve minutes released on Wednesday suggested policymakers were broadly in favour of further rate tightening amid concerns over rising inflation.
However, traders appeared to take profits on their dollar positions on Thursday.
As at 1420 GMT, gold was slightly firmer on the session, trading at around $1328 per ounce.
The US dollar basket meanwhile was down 0.35%.
“Gold is precariously holding a trend-line from December 2017 lows at present, so we expect some support around here, especially with China back," said Alex Thorndike, a metals trader at MKS.
At the same time, there is the possibility that recent dollar strength could re-emerge as investors focus once more on the strengthening trend in US consumer prices.
“The general tone of the FOMC minutes was hawkish and convinced about the strength of the US economy and that the inflation target will be reached. This was seen as a further sign that the Fed is willing to increase interest rates further and more than expected,” said Carsten Fritsch, commodity analyst at Commerzbank.
Thorndike said a break of the $1,322-25 range could see gold test the 50-day moving average of $1,319.25 then the 100-day moving average of $1,298.50 should dollar strength persist.