The European situation is the main influence for gold’s direction for most, whether they see higher or lower prices. Some of those who see stronger values next week cited gold’s safe-haven role as a support.
However, several who see weaker prices said gold could ease if investors are worried that the European Union is slipping into a recession. A recession means inflation won’t be a problem and thus gives investors one less reason to buy gold.
Others said if the equity markets can bounce and attract buying, that could give gold support, too. In recent weeks, gold has suffered from lower equity markets as investors sought to use profits from winning gold positions to shore up losses in equities.
Those who see higher prices project gold could return to the $1,700-an-ounce level, with $1,710 to $1,725 the upper end of the target.
Those who see neutral to weaker prices point out gold retains its volatility and a “back-and-