World stock markets were mostly weaker overnight, on corrective pullbacks from recent gains that have put many stock indexes at record or multi-year highs. U.S. stock indexes are narrowly mixed in early U.S. electronic trading. Focus so far this week is on corporate earnings reports.
Gold prices are solidly lower in pre-U.S.-session trading. The geopolitical scene has been quieter the past couple weeks and that's allowed world risk appetite to uptick, which is bearish for safe-haven gold.