Gold edged lower on Monday after three weeks of gains as investors awaited the results from a key Federal Reserve policy meeting this week for guidance on when the central bank would begin to scale back its stimulus.
Investors were also digesting the launch of China's first gold-backed exchange traded funds (ETFs), which opened to lacklustre performance on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
Spot gold fell 0.5 percent to $1,326.91 an ounce by 0331 GMT, after gaining 9 percent over the last three weeks. U.S. gold gained about $5 to $1,326.90.
"Gold is falling because of a lack of buying in Asia today," said one Hong Kong-based trader. "Everyone is waiting for the FOMC meeting and nonfarm payroll data this week before placing bets."
The Fed's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) begins a two-day meeting on Tuesday that could provide more clarity on when the U.S. central bank would slow its $85 billion monthly bond purchases.
Bullion has lost a fifth of its value this year as signs of an economic recovery in the United States sparked fears of an end to easy central bank money. Comments from Chairman Ben Bernanke have reassured investors, pushing gold up for three straight weeks, but investors want more guidance on the exact timing of any scaleback.