• Resurgent USD demand/positive US bond yields prompted fresh selling.
• Signs of stability in equity markets further undermine safe-haven demand.
• Traders now eye US consumer confidence index for short-term impetus.
Gold kept losing ground through the mid-European session and fell to 1-1/2 week lows in the last hour.
The commodity extended Friday's retracement slide from fresh three-month tops and remained under some selling pressure for the second consecutive session on Tuesday.
A goodish pickup in the greenback demand, with the key US Dollar Index hitting over 2-1/2 month tops, was seen as one of the key factors undermining demand for the dollar-denominated commodity.
Adding to this, a modest uptick in the US Treasury bond yields exerted some additional downward pressure on the non-yielding yellow-metal and further collaborated to the ongoing downfall.
Meanwhile, investors looked past overnight report, which renewed worries about an escalation of the US-China trade war, and an effort by equities to stabilize also did little to support the precious metal's safe-haven status.
Currently hovering around 100-day SMA support, around the $1220 region, market participants now look forward to the release of Conference Board's US consumer confidence index in order to grab some short-term opportunities during the early North-American session.
Technical levels to watch
A follow-through selling has the potential to continue dragging the commodity further towards $1215 intermediate support en-route the $1211-10 region. On the flip side, any attempted move back above $1226 area now seems to confront resistance near the $1232-34 region, above which the metal is likely to aim towards surpassing the $1240-41 supply zone.
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