The most active gold contract for February delivery fell 6.7 dollars, or 0.56 percent, to settle at 1,197 dollars per ounce.
Data released by U.S. Commerce Department Monday showed that the consumer spending rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent in November, the fastest pace since June, and the personal income rose 0.2 percent, putting gold under pressure.
Meanwhile, the final December reading of the University of Michigan-Thomson Reuters consumer-sentiment index hit 82.5, the highest level since July.
2013 was certainly a disappointing year for gold, market analysts hold. Though there was continuous support from physical demand, gold still seemed to be overvalued.
Societe Generale even predicted that gold’s safe-haven role is over, as the Federal Reserve said last week it would start scaling back its bond-buying program. ??Silver for March delivery lost 4 cents, or 0.21 percent, to close at 19.413 dollars per ounce. Platinum for January delivery slipped 4.8 dollars, or 0.36 percent, to close at 1,327.4 dollars per ounce.
Gold is a “classic bubble” and could go all the way down to $500 an ounce, Fortress Investment’s Michael Novogratz said on CNBC Wednesday.
“I personally think gold is toast,” said Novogratz, chief investment officer of the Fortress Macro Fund, part of the $55 billion hedge fund group. “We peaked out at $1,900 two years ago.”
Gold prices have dropped 27 percent from those lofty levels—plunging through $1,400 in mid-April for the first time since early 2011. Despite moving above that key level for a while since then, prices were trading around $1,393 midday Wednesday.
In a “Squawk Box” interview, Novogratz said a recent chart of gold prices over those of the Nasdaq or Japan’s Nikkei—back when those stock indexes crashed—show that “once bubbles pop, they go all the way down.”
“It wouldn’t shock me to see gold back at $500,” he said.
Novogratz also talked about the stock market—saying it could drop 10 to 15 percent when the Federal Reserve begins to pullback on its bond-buying program. But that won’t happen for a while and stocks should continue to rise in the meantime, he added.
The Gold Prices about 2 years Back , in around Sept’ 2011 ,have reached the Highest ever of USD1900.00 , but since then they could not attain their Position ,as the World Economic Situation , and the Recession has Made the World Leading Nations into Cutting on their Investment and rather have to switch to austerity Measures due to the Economic Crunch , and for this reasons the Nations like Cyprus , Ireland , Spain, Italy, Greece are now on the Verge of Economic Melt down , and thus there Gold reserve are under tremendous Pressure , So Instead of Buying , rather these and other Industialized Nations are Behind the curtain selling their gold reserves , and thus the Gold Prices are since then under High Pressure and are likely to come to its Base Prices , which is about USD450.00 , about 6 years Back.