Iran continues to provoke conflict and the gold price is reflecting that sense of uneasiness. Iran knows they have leverage here, especially with oil above $70 and the U.S. dollar becoming ever so vulnerable.
Uncertainty on future FOMC interest-rate hikes, with a strong bias of at least another quarter-point increase at the next meeting, gave the U.S. dollar a lift after the FOMC decision [Tuesday] afternoon.
Gold Fields had a stellar second-quarter earnings release Thursday, with a combination of a strong Rand gold price, slightly lower production costs and an increase in production to 1.04 million ounces (from 993,000).
The market still shows interest in marching for the $600 level in the short run. But a break of the $540 area support will negate this and instead, we will have to [see] some more base building before the next run-up.