NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold fell almost 1 percent to a near four-month low on Friday, extending its losing streak a fourth consecutive day, weighed down by book squaring ahead of month end and selling by commodity funds.
For the week, gold lost about 3.5 percent for its worst decline since late November 2013. Heavy technical selling throughout the week sent bullion prices below $1,250 for the first time since Feb. 4.
"It's the end-of-the-month position clearing," said COMEX gold options floor trader Jonathan Jossen.
Some hedge funds are forced to sell commodities to raise cash to pay for losses in their bearish bets against the rallying U.S. government bond prices, Jossen added.
Analysts noted a breakdown of gold's usual inverse correlation with U.S. bond yields. Yields on
10-year U.S. Treasuries fell sharply this week to hit their lowest in 11 months.
Spot gold was down 0.7 percent at $1,247.10 an ounce by 3:22 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT), having earlier hit a low of $1,241.99, its lowest since early February.
U.S. gold futures for August delivery settled down $11.10 an ounce at $1,246.
The yellow metal largely ignored a U.S. government report which showed falling U.S. consumer spending for the first time in a year in April after two months of solid gains, as analysts said the decline is likely temporary given a strengthening jobs market.
Among other precious metals, silver was down 1.3 percent to $18.72 an ounce, while platinum fell 0.5 percent to $1,446 an ounce, and palladium was up 0.3 percent to $833.25.
(Additional reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi in Singapore; Editing by William Hardy and David Goodman)
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When the Gold prices go down SL CB imposes a tax on Gold imports absorbing part of the reduced price and reducing its impact on the economy.
Most banks who were exposed to Gold loans have already provided for its impairment and now are cautious in lending under the Glod loan schemes. Recently the CB also introduced some measures to tackle the issue.
We Sri Lankans are very much used to Gold backed loans more than other forms of loans as it is convenient to both the lender and the borower. Hence Gold loans have become a good source of income for banks.
Hence, we need not worry abount its impact on banks in the future as all parties involved have taken precautions.