Gold declined for the third time in four sessions as signs of easing tensions between Greece and its creditors reduced demand for the metal as a haven. Euro-area finance ministers welcomed progress Greece has made on meeting terms of its bailout while demanding more work before funds can be released, according to two officials. Finance chiefs gathering in Brussels will issue a statement to endorse Greece’s work on a plan to mend its economy, the officials said. Speculation that an aid deal would remain elusive boosted bullion earlier Monday. Last week, gold rallied on mounting concern that Greece will stumble in its bid to avoid default. Prices also rose last week after a report showing limited wage gains amid increased U.S. hiring indicated the Federal Reserve can take its time in raising interest rates. Higher rates curb gold’s appeal because the metal generally offers returns only through price gains. Gold futures for June delivery slid 0.5 percent to settle at $1,183 an ounce at 1:48 p.m. on the Comex in New York. The metal climbed 1.2 percent last week. Source: Bloomberg