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Tuesday morning, August Comex gold in New York was down $2.50 at $1,104.40 an ounce.
Why today's gold price is down is linked to several factors, starting with the aftermath of the gold "flash crash" that occurred late Sunday night. When China's market opened for trading, a seller dumped five tonnes ($2.7 billion worth) of gold on the Chinese market. Gold fell 4.2% to a five-year low of $1,085 an ounce in a matter of seconds.