Gold futures were under pressure in New York Friday and falling under $900 an ounce.
April futures were losing $11.40 to $896 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The most actively traded contract was June, which was down $11.80 to $897.10 an ounce. The contract traded as low as $896.50 and as high as $911.80 so far during the session. Silver futures were flat at $12.74 an ounce, and copper futures were down 1 cent at $1.99 a pound.
The decline in gold came after word that the International Monetary Fund might sell 403 tons of gold to free up $12 billion to $13 billion to help poorer nations. With the G-20 dedicating more funds to the IMF, giving the group $1 trillion in aid power, investors are more confident in a global economic recovery and are steering away from the safe haven of gold.