Gold gained for a second day after exchange-traded product holdings climbed to a record and speculation that European leaders are making progress in containing the debt crisis boosted the euro and equities. Palladium rallied to the highest level in more than two months.
Gold swung between gains and losses after rising the most in two weeks yesterday as investors weighed the prospect of the U.S. Federal Reserve maintaining asset purchases. Outflows from investor holdings slowed.
Iron ore prices may advance as much as 7.4 percent by the end of this year on speculation that further easing of curbs on lending in China, the biggest buyer, will boost demand, according to Commonwealth Bank of Australia.