Gold for February delivery was down by 0.3%, or $3.80, to settle at $1,225.60 an ounce.
Gold prices were down for a second session today, due to a positive report from the U.S. government showing retail sales for November have increased the most in eight months, MarketWatch reports.
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For the previous month U.S. retail sales rose by 0.7%, compared to 0.5% for October, and higher than the 0.4% increase economists polled by MarketWatch were expecting.
Other gold mining stocks down today include Goldcorp Inc. (GG) , lower by 1.73% to $19.37, Yamana Gold Inc. (AUY) , down by 3.12% to $4.04, and Alamos Gold Inc. (AGI) retreating by 2.02% to $7.26 this afternoon.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (AU) a SELL. This is driven by some concerns, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins."