After ending the first quarter with gains, stocks on Wall Street slumped for the 10th consecutive trading session. On Tuesday, gold looked like a safe alternative.
In New York, gold added $16.40 to reach $1,660.30 per troy ounce, while silver added 20 cents to $31.72 per ounce.
The dollar index was virtually flat, rising 0.05 percent to 79.84 on the International Exchange.
The euro fell to $1.3084 from Monday's $1.3106. Against the yen, the dollar fell to 80.70 from Monday's 81.49 yen.
The British pound fell to $1.5873 from $1.5893. The dollar was 7.7646 Hong Kong dollars from 7.7655 Hong Kong dollars.
Against the Canadian dollar, the greenback rose to 1.0039 Canadian from 0.9976 Canadian. The Australian dollar fell to $1.0255 from $1.0313.