Regardless, gold remains in bear territory, off nearly 18% since the close on April 11, a day before gold started its historic two-day tumble.

Gold mining stocks were mixed on Thursday. Shares of NovaGold Resources ( NG) was increasing 3.2%, but shares of Compania de Minas Buenaventura ( BVN) were sliding 2.4%

Among volume leaders, Barrick Gold ( ABX) was up 0.44%.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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