Gold price dropped more than $20 on the better-than-expected U.S. initial jobless claims. The number of initial jobless claims in the week ending April 25 in the U.S. fell by 34,000 to 262,000 from 296,000 in the previous week, beating expectations for a rise by 4,000.
It was the lowest reading since April 2000.
The previous week's figure was revised down from 295,000.
Initial jobless claims remained below 300,000 the eighth straight week.
The Fed's monetary policy also weighed on gold price. The Fed kept its monetary policy unchanged, but it did not rule out the interest rate hike in June. The central bank said that the U.S. economy slowed down during the winter months, but the slowdown was driven by "transitory factors".
June futures for gold on the COMEX today increased to 1176.00 dollars per ounce.