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GOLD PRICES fell in London on Friday, nearing a 0.7% loss for the week in Dollars and falling harder against the Euro as China’s stock market extended its bounce from July’s earlier plunge, and European shares rose on optimism a Greek bail-out deal can be struck at the weekend’s key summits.
Falling to €1035 per ounce as the single currency rose on the FX market, the gold price in Euros broke below its tight €20 range of the last 6 weeks.
“Euro gold under pressure given the optimism over a deal,” notes the trading desk at ICBC Standard Bank in London.
“If the Greek proposals were to be rejected,” reckons a note from commodity analysts at Germany’s Commerzbank, “short-term turmoil on the financial markets and a rising gold price would be likely at the beginning of [next] week.”
But “whether any of the present instability in China or Europe could or should support gold prices,” says Mitsui Global Precious Metals, “remains a moot point.”
Looking at the key Asian markets, Mitsui adds that “physical demand is somewhat brisker than the premiums might suggest, but existing stockpiles in the Far East continue to feed demand with ease.”
Typically priced at a premium to London wholesale bullion quotes, gold in India – the world’s largest consumer nation until overtaken by China in 2013 – widened to the equivalent of an $8 discount per ounce on Friday according to local traders.
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