Gold Prices Still in Downward Trend - TheStreet



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Gold prices

fell below $1,100 despite a weaker U.S. dollar.

Gold for February delivery was sinking another $12.50 to $1,090.70 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices have traded as high as $1,098.0 and as low as $1,081.90. The

U.S. dollar index

was also falling 0.27% to $78.20 as the euro rallied.

Obama Creates Buying Opportunity

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Gold typically trades in opposition to the U.S. dollar since dollar-based commodities become cheaper to buy in other currencies when the dollar falls. But gold is bucking that inverse correlation Friday as general risk aversion cripples the commodity.

President Obama

announced Thursday a proposal to limit consolidation in the bank industry as well as restrict reportedly risky trading activities.

Gold settled

down almost $10 to $1,103.20 an ounce on the news. Also weighing on gold prices is the worry that China will tighten credit ending the supply of free money which has helped stimulate the global economy.

"The dollar and broad risk sentiment will continue to provide short-term direction

for gold," says James Moore, analyst at in his daily metals report. "A failure to hold the $1,074 low from December could see gold post a deeper correction back to $1,038-62 channel." Many analysts believe gold needs to settle above $1,110 an ounce in order to avoid a larger pullback.

Silver prices

were down 48 cents to $17.03 while copper was up 6 cents at $3.36. Platinum prices were also slipping dramatically down $37.10 to $1,555 and palladium was losing $20.30 to $433.65. The white metals are subject to more volatile swings due to a thinner investment market.

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Mining stocks, a more leveraged way to

invest in gold

, were mixed along with broader equities. Large cap miners,

Barrick Gold



Newmont Mining

(NEM) - Get Report

were rising slightly to $36.95 and $44.76, respectively.

Kinross Gold

(KGC) - Get Report

was rising 0.79% at $17.98.

Shares of small-cap miner

Golden Star

(GSS) - Get Report

were flat at $2.96 after the stock was upgraded to outperform from market perform at Raymond James.

Dahlman Rose & Co. reiterated its buy rating on

Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold

(FCX) - Get Report

after the company reported better than expected earnings. Shares were relatively unchanged at $76.44.

Yamana Gold

(AUY) - Get Report

was rising 0.93% to $10.88.

Shares of the

SPDR Gold Shares

(GLD) - Get Report

were slipping 0.43% to $106.84. The ETF has maintained consistent tonnage this week in the face of lackluster investment demand.

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Written by Alix Steel in New York


Alix joined TV in February 2007. Previously, she held positions in film and theater production, management, and legal administration. Alix has a degree in communications and theater from Northwestern University.