"It seems that a number of safe haven refuges like gold, the Japanese yen, U.S. Treasury bonds, and the Swiss franc have all been under pressure lately," says Ed Meir, metals analyst at brokerage INTL FCStone.
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.
Meantime at the World Economic Forum of policy-makers and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, "We are buying gold and will continue to pursue this course," said Russia's first deputy chairman Alexei Ulyukayev today.
In response to a question from Yale University’s Robert Shiller querying the recommendation to hold gold, Faber said: “I’m prepared to make a bet, you keep your U.S. dollars and I’ll keep my gold, we’ll see which one goes to zero first.”
Gold continued to hover near one-month highs above $1,690 an ounce Wednesday morning, where it has spent most of this week, with dealers in India and China citing a slowdown in physical bullion demand.