Spot gold was little changed at $1,878.52 per ounce by 1017 GMT. U.S. gold futures were flat at $1,883.
“You have the vaccine news which is a bit positive (for the economy) but the dollar is still quite weak after approval of the U.S. fiscal stimulus,” said Bank of China International analyst Xiao Fu.
However, underpinning gold, the dollar index hit a more than two-year low, as traders shrugged off Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay a vote on increasing COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000.
“The bigger picture is that gold is still holding up incredibly well at these price levels and the fiscal and monetary stimulus will still be there in 2021 as the pandemic is hitting hard in U.S., Europe,” said Bank of China International’s Fu.
Investors await the Jan. 5 Georgia runoff elections that will determine which political party will control the U.S. Senate, with expectations for more stimulus under a Democrat-controlled Senate and House.
“Exchange Traded Fund flows are set to have a major say on how gold performs over the course of 2021, with investors expected to wade further out into risk-on waters,” said FXTM market analyst Han Tan.
Among other precious metals, silver rose 0.3% to $26.26 an ounce, platinum gained 1% to $1,060.04 and palladium was up 0.2% to $2,332.04.