Gold prices on Tuesday settled near break-even levels, confounding some market players as the commodity pared an earlier loss in the session, even as U.S. equities rose and the dollar strengthened. Gold futures for April delivery ended down 20 cents, or less than 0.1%, at $1,238.90 an ounce. Some market participants attributed the stronger finish for gold, which traded as low as $1,226.80 during the session, to heighten concerns about the outcome of European elections showing the rise of anti-establishment candidates like France's far-right Marine Le Pen. Gold may have been drawing some haven bids as a result of worries about geopolitics that could prove disruptive to the eurozone and the euro . Meanwhile, the dollar, as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar Index gained 0.5% at 101.4000. A stronger dollar ordinarily is a headwind for gold and other assets priced in the currency, which can become less attractive to buyers using other monetary units.
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