Prices had been hemmed between $1,265 and $1,300 an ounce since mid-October as a series of record highs in stock markets pulled investment interest from bullion while traders also awaited an expected increase to US interest rates this month.
Gold broke out of that range this week, extending losses after slipping below its 200-day moving average at $1,267. The price on Thursday touched its lowest since Aug. 8 at $1,253.56 an ounce.
“We’ve had a (breakdown) of support at $1,260, which is a key level,” said ActivTrades Chief Analyst Carlo Alberto de Casa. “From a technical point of view, many traders had stop-losses just below $1,262, and today the market is going down for this reason.”
Strength in the dollar is feeding into this, he said, adding: “That the US dollar is recovering isn’t very welcome for the commodities market.”