Gold Under Pressure as $1,000 Support Eyed

Gold’s woes continued Friday when its price slump hit a five-and-a-half year with analysts warning that the precious metal could plunge far faster than recently forecast and hit the $1,000 mark in just a few weeks.

Prices have come under pressure recently and are down around 5.4 percent in the last seven days. On Friday, spot gold hit a low of $1,077 an ounce and was trading down around $1,079.6 by mid-afternoon.

And analysts are seeing further pain for gold to come in the short-term.

“I think we see more of a downtrend particularly over the next couple of months ahead of the market speculation of a September rate hike in the U.S., so I think you can easily see prices over the next two months breaching below $1,000 round level,” David Wilson, director of metals research and strategy at Citi, told CNBC in a TV interview.

via CNBC

Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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