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Gold glitters less brightly, falling below $1,600
Gold glitters less brightly, falling below $1,600

Gold still glitters, but a bit less brightly as it fell below $1,600 on Friday for the first time in six months. In one of the contrarian ways of the financial markets, gold has weakened as evidence has mounted that the global economy is recovering. That has given investors who flocked to the precious metal in recent years the courage to venture out into riskier assets, such as stocks. Gold also has been dinged by a report that billionaire investor and longtime gold bull George Soros has lightened up on his holdings. Gold appeared poised to pierce $2,000 in the aftermath of the global financial crisis but never made it amid improving economic signs. Gold for April delivery fell...