Gold futures dropped from their highest intraday levels in more than six years on Tuesday to settle lower for the session. Prices for the metal gave up earlier gains after the U.S. said its Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held discussions with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and that officials would speak again within two weeks. Traders have perceived this news as a “softening of stance on [the] trade war and they are hopeful that perhaps we may see some positive outcome,” toward a resolution in the trade talks, said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at ThinkMarkets. December gold GCZ19, -0.31% fell $3.10, or 0.2%, to settle at $1,514.10 on Comex after trading as high as $1,546.10.