Updated from 10:01 a.m. EDT with settlement prices



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Gold prices sank Monday as investors moved into U.S. dollars as a safe haven on reports that Germany and France were clashing over a timeline to introduce a banking union.

Gold for December delivery settled down $13.40 at $1,764.60 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The

gold price traded as high as $1,775.30 and as low as $1,757.90 an ounce, while the spot price was falling $10.80, according to Kitco's gold index.

"Gold price is an economic and political barometer and the EU banking discord and slow economic recovery have brought more dollar buyers to the table," George Gero, precious metals strategist at RBC Wealth Management, wrote in a note on Monday.

Silver prices for December delivery fell 65 cents to $33.98 an ounce, while the

U.S. dollar index was gaining 0.28% to $79.60.

Gold had enjoyed a sharp rally two weeks ago after the

Federal Reserve

announced a new asset-backed purchasing program, dubbed QE3. The stimulus plan, theoretically, would push new cash into the monetary system, which would raise inflationary pressures.

But after the move of more than $38 gold futures made on Sept. 13, the price of the yellow metal has retreated slightly as profit-taking and uncertainty in Europe have driven recent action.

Reports suggested that the eurozone's two most influential players in bank bailouts -- Germany and France -- were struggling to reach an agreement on timetables, while other reports emerged that Greece's budget shortfall was

much greater than previously expected


Greek officials

have refuted

those rumors.

The euro was declining against the U.S. dollar on Monday to $1.2919, down from the previous close of $1.2981.

Typically, as the U.S. dollar strengthens against the euro, gold prices sink due to the increasing value of the paper currency against the precious metal.

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was falling 3.9%.

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was down 3.9%, and

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was declining 3.4%.

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was down 0.67%.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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