a gram. Trading was closed on Monday for a holiday.
"Spot gold has dropped about $20, but the Japanese yen is weak, so that's why you see buying from the general public," said a dealer in Tokyo, adding that gold bars remained at discounts of between 75 cents to $1 to spot London prices.
Platinum and palladium were below their highest level in more than a year.
But both metals have out performed gold and silver so far this year on an improving economic outlook and after mining disruptions in South Africa, as well as a drop in supply from Russia, triggered fears of a deficit.
"Because of the Chinese New Year we expect cautious industrial demand for the upcoming week. Generally, we expect the price of platinum to be well supported by the situation in South Africa," precious metals refiner Heraeus said in a report.
But it remains to be seen whether palladium can establish itself above the key level of $775.00 an ounce, or if investors will take profits around that point, it said.
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