After having once again failed at the $1,696 resistance level on Wednesday, gold prices headed lower for a third straight session this morning. In the process, the pivotal 200-day moving average price near the $1,608 level was breached by sellers.
Some of the Fed-induced euphoria that became manifest one week ago dissipated during the course of this week as market participants were left with an environment wherein Fedspectations can now be considered as being off the table.
The new trading week was off to a rocky start in precious metals as, despite only a relatively small, 0.20% advance in US dollar (to just above 83.80 on the index) the complex headed for lower price ground overnight.
President of the Bombay Bullion Association has projected that 2012’s Indian gold imports could fall to 450 metric tonnes, down 53% compared to the putative 969 metric tonnes that may have been imported last year.