Stock markets around the world rallied.
Holdings of SPDR Gold Trust fell 0.28% to 837.06 tonnes on Thursday from 839.43 tonnes on Wednesday.
Yesterday, Wall Street scored solid gains and the Nasdaq Composite index hit an all-time high. Small-company stocks ticked up. Latest holdings of the largest silver-backed exchange-traded-fund (ETF), New York's iShares Silver Trust SLV, stood at 10,303.74 tonnes, remain unchanged from the previous business day. The British FTSE 100 rose 0.5%.
Investors were also looking ahead to the Group of 20 (G20) finance leaders' meeting in Germany this weekend, where any attempt by the Trump administration to pursue protectionist policies could fuel demand for gold as a safe-haven. After Britain's vote in summer to exit the European Union, investors wondered whether the Dutch election and others scheduled later this year on the continent could lead the European Union to break apart.
Across the Atlantic, European stocks rose on Thursday after far-right candidate Geert Wilders was defeated in a closely watched Dutch election, pouring cold water on fears that a populist wave was sweeping the continent. Wilders campaigned on pledges to close borders to migrants from Muslim nations, close mosques, ban the Koran and take the Netherlands out of the EU. It had plunged 0.11 of a percentage point Wednesday after the Federal Reserve dashed speculation that it may become more aggressive in raising rates.
Investors lodged large bets on the dollar after Donald Trump's USA presidential election win a year ago, expecting his mix of tax reform, capital repatriation and new public spending to raise inflation in the United States and in turn drive Fed rates higher.
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The Fed on Wednesday lifted benchmark interest rates by a quarter-point as widely expected.
With the steep drop, the ten-year yield continued to give back ground after reaching its highest closing level in well over two years on Monday.
The greenback had weakened broadly after the Fed's policy statement was seen as less hawkish than expected by sticking to projections of three total rate hikes in 2017 and not four as some traders had hoped for.
"This was the best scenario indeed, because the Fed is confident enough to hike, confident enough in the USA economic performance but it also doesn't sound in the mood to take away the punch bowl".
The central bank's rate increase was spurred by steady economic growth, strong job gains and confidence that inflation is rising to the central bank's target. The Bank of England held its interest rates at record lows.
The S&P 500 was virtually flat at 2,382, as of 10 a.m.