strength," he said.
Silver also rose as much as 1 percent, tracking gold.
Platinum gained as strikes in South African mines continued. Top platinum producers and the AMCU union are set to hold separate meetings with a state mediator this week to discuss the stoppage over wages.
In the physical markets, Chinese demand eased due to the gains in prices. Premiums for 99.99 percent purity gold on the Shanghai Gold Exchange eased to $7 an ounce from $12 on Monday.
India's trade ministry said it has recommended easing curbs on gold imports, after a 77 percent drop in imports for January that helped narrow the country's trade deficit.
India had imposed curbs last year including a record 10 percent duty to discourage gold purchases.