European Union finance ministers canceled a meeting that was to include all 27 finance leaders from EU nations. The cancellation means heads of state gathering for Wednesday's summit will be empty-handed when it comes to a detailed program for recapitalizing Europe's banks and restructuring Greek debt.
On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold added $50.80 to reach $1,703.10 per troy ounce while silver added $1.62 to reach $33.27 per ounce.
Oil prices also rose sharply. December delivery West Texas Intermediate crude added $1.60 to reach $92.87 per barrel.
The dollar index was flat, rising 0.08 percent to 76.20.
The euro fell to $1.3909 from Monday's $1.3929. Against the yen, the dollar fell to 75.94 yen from Monday's 76.1 yen.
The British pound rose to $1.6005 from $1.5996. The U.S. dollar was 7.7747 Hong Kong dollars from 7.7769 HKD.
The U.S. standard rose to 1.0161 Canadian dollars from 1.0038 Canadian dollars. The Australian dollar fell to $1.0428 from $1.0474.