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Gold falls as US dollar gains on Greece concerns

February 10 2012, 4:12pm
Gold falls as US dollar gains on Greece concerns

Gold prices fell this afternoon after Greece’s failure to secure more financial aid from the EU boosted the safe-haven appeal of the US dollar, an alternative investment to the yellow metal.

Greek lawmakers agreed on further austerity measures including wage and pension cuts yesterday, leading traders to expect that euro zone finance ministers would accept the spending reduction plan and unlock a €130 billion bailout package.

However, the plan proposed by the Greek government was rejected by the EU, which demanded further budget cuts of €325 million.

In addition, Greece was told it would not receive more aid if the austerity plan is not passed into law by the parliament.

Without the bailout deal, Greece could go into bankruptcy as soon as next month when it is due to repay a €14.5 billion bond.

Gold traded at US$1,716/oz in early afternoon, down US$12 from Thursday’s close. Other precious metals were headed in the same direction today with silver falling 31 cents to US$33.59/oz and platinum dropping US$11 to US$1,645/oz.

Today’s top risers in the sector were:

Oxus Gold (LON:OXS), up 11.5 percent at 1.3 pence at midday

Orsu Metals (LON:OSU)
, up 10.5 percent at 13.37 pence

Stratex International (LON:STI), up 5 percent at 9.59 pence

Shanta Gold (LON:SHG), up 5 percent at 31.75 pence

Norseman Gold (LON:NGL), up 3.5 percent at 6.1 pence

The top fallers were:

Triple Plate Junction (LON:TPJ), down 16 percent at 3.95 pence at midday

Kryso Resources (LON:KYS), down 6.5 percent at 32.02 pence

Caledonia Mining (LON:CMCL)
, down 6.5 percent at 7.25 pence

Frontier Mining (LON:FML)
, down 6 percent at 3.4 pence

Greatland Gold (LON:GGP), down 6 percent at 1.15 pence

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