"This has been the biggest headwind for the global economy and a major de-escalation is derailing the safe-haven demand (for gold)."
Wall Street's main indexes hit record highs at the open on upbeat comments related to US-China trade talks
and strong earnings.
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said US-China trade talks
were set to continue with a telephone call on Friday as both sides seek to hammer out a phase one trade pact.
Gold prices retreated from a near one-week peak hit on Thursday, but were still set for a weekly gain of about 0.6%.
"This week's been a story of gold really trying to claw back some of the losses from the previous week, and it has done that to a degree, we are up from the lows from $1,450 and gold is attempting to get back above the 100-day moving average," said Mitsubishi analyst Jonathan Butler.
"Next week we've got some interesting data - the manufacturing PMIs and FOMC meeting minutes coming out which will show whether there were any dissenting voices in US
Federal Reserve arguing for stronger set of rate cuts or whether the consensus was really for keeping the rates on hold." US
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday signalled no further cuts will occur unless there is a "material" change in the economic outlook.
Gold prices have gained more than 14% so far this year as the trade dispute between the world's biggest economies roiled financial markets, stoking fears of a global economic slowdown and prompting major central banks to reduce interest rates.
Among other precious metals, silver edged 0.1% lower to $17 per ounce, but was on track for a gain of over 1% for the week.
Platinum rose 1.3% to $891.34 per ounce and was set to register a rise of about 0.6% this week.
Palladium was down 1% at $1,720.25 per ounce, on course to fall for the second straight week at about 1.4%.