Despite uplifting U.S. economic data, the sovereign debt crisis' damaging tendencies are looming large and ever present. The scourge is unlikely to be resolved any time soon and will continue attacking euro zone banks, public finance systems and markets. Bond yields in Spain and Italy increased on Thursday amid government efforts to control the rises.
"Some investors will start building positions as current prices are considered low, once we see a rebound in liquidity," a Shanghai-based trader told the news service.
At 6:34 a.m. on Friday, gold futures sank 0.24 percent, a $3.80 fall to $1,606.80 per troy ounce.
Markets continue to be influenced by last week's sharp fall in U.S. jobless benefit claims, which dropped to their lowest level in three-and-a-half years.
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