Monday, December 12, 2011

Gold touches 3-week lows as crisis boosts dollar

(Reuters) - Gold hit three-week lows on Monday, after a rise in the dollar prompted enough selling to push the bullion price through a key level of support, in spite of the persistent worry about the lack of a solution to the euro zone debt crisis.
Last week's summit of European Union leaders yielded a historic agreement on beefing up fiscal discipline in the 27-member bloc, but fell short of market expectations for a more drastic solution to the crisis.
This lack of confidence in Europe pushed investors into the relative safety of the U.S. dollar, rather than gold, which has fallen by about 5 percent in the last week alone.
A stronger dollar often encourages non-U.S. holders of gold to sell the metal to lock in a higher profit in their own currencies. READ MORE

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