Gold prices began to descend, as investors got rid of concerns about strained trade relations, and with it went down appetite for riskier assets, after China hinted at new measures to stimulate the country's economy.
Gold futures for June delivery on the Comex exchange slipped by 0.24 percent to $1,321.50 per troy ounce at 13.11 GMT, while July silver contracts added 0.42 percent to $14.71 per ounce.
The Chinese government is stepping up its efforts to support the financing of large projects through the issuance of special-purpose bonds, which are mainly used for infrastructure investments, the People’s Bank of China said in a statement, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Gold received a positive push after a sharp decline in yields on Treasury bonds last week, as investors are increasingly inclined to believe that the Federal Reserve will start lowering interest rates at the end of this year.
Investors seem to have ignored the lack of positive rhetoric around the U.S.-China trade negotiations.
Platinum futures for July added 0.84 percent to $808.20 an ounce, while palladium for September delivery gained 0.40 percent to $1,390.40 an ounce. Copper contracts for July delivery ticked up 1.30 percent, to $2.70 per pound.